Truthout hiring P/T copy editor

Mar 29, 2012 by

The following comes from Truthout:

Nonprofit, independent journalism organization is looking for a part-time copy editor to edit articles and other content, write headlines, and work with authors and editors to adhere to high editorial standards. The ideal candidate has excellent editing skills and experience, and is also politically engaged. We work in a fast-paced virtual setting, so you’d work from home, but on a regular schedule. This would include four hours on each weekend day, as well as twelve additional hours dispersed throughout the week. Truthout offers a competitive salary, benefits, and a friendly and open work environment. Applicants should have at least two years of experience copy-editing for a journalistic publication, and should be interested in and aware of politics. Send resume and cover letter to jobs@truthout.org

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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Post-Dispatch Employees Hold Off on Signing “Handbook Acknowledgement”

Mar 29, 2012 by

Post-Dispatch employees hold off on signing or submitting the “Handbook Acknowledgement” until the Guild has a chance to review the changes to the wording.  Our contract does allow the company to establish workplace rules but we can demand to bargain over any changes they’ve made.  If you have concerns about specific wording please drop us an email at unitedmediaguild@gmail.com.

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State AFL-CIO Legislative Conference underway

Mar 28, 2012 by

With over 400 delegates attending from the Communication Workers, Electrical Workers, Machinists, Steelworker and Auto Workers, the annual legislative conference got underway Monday morning at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, MO.

Speakers included Mo State AFL-CIO President Hugh McVey, Congressman Russ Carnahan, Attorney General Chris Koster, Governor Jay Nixon and Treasurer (and Teamster member) Clint Zweifel.  All spoke of the current legislative session and, in what has become a familiar annual refrain, highlighted the many anti-labor bills currently under consideration and in the pipeline in the state House and Senate.  Other elected officals were also on hand and pledged to do all possible to once again defeat – or filibuster – those bills.

Nixon remarked that, since he became governor, the rights of workers have been under such constant assault, that he started to feel like the  ‘goalie for democracy.’   He noted that the House recently cut funding for investigations of labor violations but vowed to fight to get it back in the budget.  He noted with pride that Missouri has 41,000 more union members than when he first took office (that drew a lot of applause).  After Nixon had left, I heard at least one person comment that, with the current Republican majority in the House and Senate, our Democratic governor has been all that stood between Missouri becoming another Wisconsin.

One of the most dynamic speakers was State Representative Stacey Newman from the Clayton/Richmond Heights area.  Newman informed the gathering of plans afoot that are designed to curtail voter turnout.  She said that 250,000 long-term Missouri voters were being targeted and noted that the last documented case of voter impersonation fraud to occur in the state of Missouri was back in 1936 – in the gangster era of Kansas City.

Following that morning’s session, members visited the capitol where they met with their legislators and discussed legislative issues.  Tuesday saw more leigislative visits and a labor rally held on the capitol steps.  Busses full of building trades members from around the state drove in for the rally, which was estimated at over 5,000 strong.

Tuesday evening a reception was hosted by the AFL-CIO.  Many elected officials attended the event and, in what I believe portends well for labor’s future, I spoke with friendly office holders from both sides of the aisle.

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Mary Junck gets $500,000 bonus

Mar 27, 2012 by

According to a Lee Enterprises filing with the SEC, CEO Mary Junck has received a $500,000 bonus related to Lee’s successful refinancing.  Additionally, Carl Schmidt, vice president, CFO and treasurer, received  a $250,000 bonus.

Junck and Schmidt are the fiscal geniuses who way overpaid in 2005 when Lee paid $1.46 billion for Pulitzer Publishing and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Their misjudgment of the industry and its future are what saddled Lee Enterprises with the debt that forced Lee into bankruptcy.  And now after Lee wrongly eliminated promised health insurance to its retirees, forced current employees to take unpaid furloughs, froze pensions, cut pay and laid off hundred of employees across the country — now the fiscal geniuses get $750,000 bonuses.  Outrageous!!!

 

Read what Romenesko said about it:  http://jimromenesko.com/2012/03/28/layoffs-at-lee-papers-as-ceo-gets-500000-bonus/

 

We can only assume that once Junck and Schmidt have finished feathering their nests with $100 bills, they’ll be making an announcement rescinding the scheduled 2012 unpaid furloughs for employees across the company, and enclosing a nice check with their apology to the family of deceased P-D retiree Robert Douglas.

Don’t hold your breath Lee employees; if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get a pizza party.

 

 

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Important information for homeowners

Mar 23, 2012 by

Informational meetings are scheduled next week (March 26-30) in every Missouri county  for homeowners who:

  • have already been foreclosed on or are in trouble with their current mortgage
  • AND had or have loans with these five lenders (Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac loans are not included) –                                                                                              1. Bank of America; 2. Citigroup; 3. JP Morgan Chase; 4. Wells Fargo; and 5. Ally Financial.

For more information on this National Mortgage Settlement and impact on Missouri residents, see the website for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, http://ago.mo.gov/mortgageSettlementInfo.htm

Missouri Attorney General’s office HOTLINE for Mortgage Settlement Issues:  855-870-7676

For a complete list of all the Missouri county meetings, click here.

Here is a condensed list of St. Louis area meetings –

  • Franklin County, 3/26, 6:00 pm Franklin County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 400 E. Locust, Union, MO
  • Jefferson County, 3/30, 12:00 noon Jefferson County Administrative Ctr, County Exec. Conf Rm, 729 Maple St., Hillsboro, MO
  • Lincoln County, 3/29, 12:00 noon Lincoln County, Univ. of MO Extension Ctr, 880 W. College St., Troy, MO
  • St. Charles County, 3/29, 6:00 pm St. Charles County Admin. Bldg., Rm 115, 201 N. Second St., St. Charles, MO
  • St. Louis City [2 meetings]  3/26, 12:00 noon Wohl Center, 1414 N. Kingshighway, and 6:00 pm 12th and Park Center, 1410 S. Tucker, St. Louis, MO
  • St. Louis County [2 meetings] 3/28, 12:00 noon and 6:00pm, St. Louis County Chamber, Plaza Level, 41 S. Central, Clayton, MO
  • Warren County, 3/26, 12:00 noon Warren County Courthouse, Commissioners Chamber, 104 W. Main, Warrenton, MO
  • Washington County, 3/26, 6:00 pm Washington County Courthouse Courtroom, 102 N. Missouri St., Potosi, MO

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s website information http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/bankforeclosuresettlement.html

Illinois Attorney General’s office HOTLINE for Mortgage Settlement Issues:  866-544-7151

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