UMG ratifies new contract at Pekin Daily Times

Jul 26, 2017 by

United Media Guild members at the Pekin Daily Times unanimously approved a new two-year collective bargaining agreement with GateHouse Media.

In face of plummeting circulation at the newspaper and ongoing employee turnover, our members favored expedited bargaining that focused on a few key issues.

In an addition to providing a signing bonus, the new contract included several important points:

  • The addition of seven new paid days off — five personal days and two floating holidays.
  • A new monthly stipend for the use of a cell phone on the job.
  • The continuation of the GateHouse company incentive bonuses, which our members have collected several times.
  • A new minimum rate established for the company’s adjustable mileage reimbursement, which rises and falls according to prevailing fuel prices. Previously their was no reimbursement floor.
  • Strengthened seniority protections. In the absence of employee evaluations, layoffs will occur in inverse order of seniority.
  • Strengthened vacation request policy. The company must now approve or reject vacation requests within 14 days. Due to concerns created by short staffing, management had put off ruling on some requests for months.

Once again the UMG’s primary objective during negotiations was keeping the Daily Times operating in Pekin in the face of GateHouse consolidations in the region.

Due to our contract in place there, the company earlier rolled the operations of neighboring weekly properties into the Daily Times, not the other way around.

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UMG award Press Club scholarship to UMSL student

Jul 20, 2017 by

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the craft of journalism, the United Media Guild awards a $1,000 scholarship each year through the St. Louis Press Club.

Joe Kenny, Jeff Gordon,, Candice Murdock and William Greenblatt

The 2017 award went to Candice Murdock, who is majoring in media studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It was presented at a Press Club luncheon at the International Photography Hall of Fame.

UMG vice president Joe Kenny, a reporter at the St. Louis Review, was on the judging panel for the Press Club. He presented the scholarship along with UMG president Jeff Gordon and Press Club president William Greenblatt.

Murdock has reported for the UMSL student newspaper, The Current, and worked in the multimedia production department. She is also a peer mentor for the school’s multicultural organization.

She said she enjoys “getting people’s perspectives on issues that matter to the community.”

Among the other scholarships awarded at the luncheon were two sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The $5,000 David Lipman scholarship went to University of Missouri-Columbia student Tashan Reed and the $2,500 Ronald W. Wade Scholarship went to Gabrielle Hayes, who also attends Mizzou.

 

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