UMG files grievance with NFFWU (employer of FightFor15 organizers) over layoffs. Calls it retaliation for complaining about supervisor.

Mar 8, 2019 by

Two fast food organizers employed by the National Fast Food Workers Union (an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union) were recently laid off from their jobs.

The United Media Guild organized those NFFWU organizers in 2017 and, following a year of bargaining with that employer, secured a first contract in December of 2018.  It is one of our newest bargaining units with close to 50 workers in roughly 20 cities across the U.S.

Both of the women, who work in the southeast, had run-ins with a supervisor and filed harassment complaints about him with NFFWU Human Resources (the Guild had also previously filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the NLRB because of remarks made by that supervisor regarding one of the laid off women, who is also the Guild steward for that region).

So far the supervisor has not been held accountable for any of his actions and, in February, it was announced that layoffs were in the offing.  The Guild was informed that the layoffs would be based on what we were told was a comprehensive “Deep Dive” analysis of specific data points for each city.  And, when the layoffs were announced, the only cities affected were Atlanta and Greenville.  And that is where those women who filed harassment complaints are employed.  In fact, those women were the ONLY two in the entire  bargaining unit to lose their jobs.

The United Media Guild understands the times in which we live and we realize that there are times when, no matter how much it hurts, an employer may have to make cuts.  But we have a real problem with this.

We have filed a grievance and we have also requested the data study that the NFFWU cited as the reason for their decision.  In fact, in the three weeks since the layoffs, we have requested that information three separate times.  As of yet, it has not been provided.

 

 

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Reminder to laid off employees: Use your flex spending accounts! Also: Come to the Dislocated Workers Program on August 17

Aug 3, 2012 by

 

This past Friday, 13 unlucky Guild members, along with five managers and five production workers, were part of yet another round of cuts at the Post-Dispatch.  As is getting to be the routine around here, the layoffs occurred mere hours after Lee Enterprises announced even more lavish executive plunder for Lee CEO Mary Junck (I guess they first decide on the ransom, then they figure out a way to pay for it).

 

The Guild reminds those whose employment officially ends on August 10 that they must empty their flex spending  accounts by the end of their last day or they will forfeit any money left in their account.

 

If you have any questions about this or any other benefit, call the Post-Dispatch Human Resources Dept at 314-340-8063.

 

We also want to make everyone aware that the Guild will again host an AFL-CIO Dislocated Workers Program in our office building.  The Program will be on Friday, August 17 at 10:00 a.m. and it will run about 5 to 6 hours. Lunch will be provided and also like we have done in the past, we invite everyone who lost their job – union and management alike – to come and learn about available resources.  People will be on hand from the Division of Unemployment, Social Security, Credit Counseling and a host of others. This also emphasises on bearing a Social Security Card, which one can easily get from an online application social security office, & produce it on demand. There will also be someone on hand to discuss educational and retraining opportunities.

 

Parking is free in our building.  To RSVP, call the Guild office at 314-241-7046

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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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Federal Government Programs to Prevent Foreclosure

Feb 1, 2012 by

With many Guild members laid off and looking for work, we saw this information and thought that it might be  of assistance to some.  We’d also like to remind our members of the wonderful people who work at the United Way (who provided this info, btw) and who are tasked with providing assistance to union families.  Roz Sherman Voellinger and Marcia Cline do amazing things for those in need and they do it with a great deal of empathy and discretion.  Their office is located at 910 North 11th Street (behind the P-D) and you can reach them at 314-539-4193.
Programs to Help Unemployed and Underemployed People –Up to 12 Months Forbearance (Putting off Current Mortgage Payments) and/or HAMP Loan Modifications to Prevent Foreclosure
There are programs that can help many homeowners prevent foreclosure.   The 12 month forbearance program can enable households where one or more people are unemployed to postpone parts or all of 12 months of mortgage payments to prevent foreclosure. A non profit loan counselor, see below on contacting them, or your bank/servicer will know which of the below kind of mortgage you have if you don’t know.
–Mortgages under the US Treasury’s HAMP Program allow 12 month forbearance for unemployed homeowners either currently receiving Unemployment Insurance or have gotten it in the past 6 months. To qualify for their program, you also can’t owe more than 12 months on your mortgage payments. This program is called HAMP UP forbearance.
–Mortgages that are FHA insured allow12 month forbearance to any unemployed homeowner (and potentially to underemployed homeowners too).
–Mortgages under Fannie Mae allow 6 months forbearance processed by your bank/servicer and then an additional 6 months that Fannie Mae can approve.
–Mortgages under Freddie Mac allow 6 months forbearance processed by your bank/servicer and then an additional 6 months that Fannie Mae can approve.
–HAMP Loan Modifications can enable employed homeowners to get a revised mortgage loan at a lower, more affordable monthly payment.

**Your bank/mortgage servicer must process your request for forbearance or for HAMP loan modifications either or both of these programs.
***To get assistance from a non profit organization that assists homeowners with applying to banks/servicers for forbearance for unemployed homeowners or HAMP loan modifications, find the groups for your state at:  www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm

or by calling (800) 5694287.
A non profit loan counselor will know which of the above kind of mortgage you have if you don’t.  The non-profit organizations in the St. Louis metro area in MO/IL:

MISSOURI BETTER FAMILY LIFE, INC.
Phone: 314-367-1843  Fax: 314-361-6139

E-mail:  Tturner@betterfamilylife.org Website: www.betterfamilylife.org
5535 Delmar Blvd., Suite 2100        St. Louis, Missouri 63112-3005
Financial Management/Budget Counseling – Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Pre-purchase Counseling – Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops.

 

BEYOND HOUSING
Phone: 314-533-0600

E-mail: ddombar@beyondhousing.org Website: www.asite.com
4156 Manchester Ave Saint Louis, Missouri 63110-3847
Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops – Pre-purchase Counseling – Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops – Predatory Lending Education Workshops
Services available in English- French- Spanish
CLEARPOINT FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
Phone: 877-877-1995 Toll-free: 877-877-1995

E-mail: customerservice2@clearpointfs.org

Website: www.clearpointcreditcounselingsolutions.org

Three Locations in St. Louis area:
1300 Hampton Ave. West Park SAINT LOUIS, Missouri 63139-3163

525 Rue St. Francois, Ste. 4 FLORISSANT, Missouri 63031-5036

#19 Fox Valley Center ARNOLD, Missouri 63010-2281
CLEARPOINT FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
NORTH EAST COMMUNITY ACTION CORPORATION
Phone: 573-324-6622 Fax: 573-324-2361

E-mail: cpotts@necac.org Website: necac.org
16 North Court StreetP.O. Box 470 BOWLING GREEN, Missouri 63334-1534
Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Pre-purchase Counseling – Rental Housing Counseling
Services available in English and Spanish-

 

ILLINOIS:
MADISON COUNTY URBAN LEAGUE
Phone: 618-463-1906-1 Fax: 618-463-9021

E-mail: cawjan@aol.com
408 E Broadway Street PO Box 8093   Alton, Illinois 62002-2417
Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops – Pre-purchase Counseling – Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops- Predatory Lending Education Workshops – Rental Housing Counseling.

 

CLEARPOINT FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
Phone: 877-877-1995 Toll-free: 877-877-1995

E-mail: customerservice2@clearpointfs.org

Website: www.clearpointcreditcounselingsolutions.org
131 Lincoln Place Suite 401 Belleville, Illinois 62221-5825
Financial Management/Budget Counseling – Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Non-Delinquency Post Purchase Workshops.

 

CLEARPOINT FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, INC.
CDBG OPERATIONS CORPORATION
Phone: 618-274-7832 Fax: 618-274-7801

E-mail: dianebonner@sbcglobal.net
510 North 25th Street   East St. Louis, Illinois 62205-2339
Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Pre-purchase Counseling – Rental Housing Counseling.

 

URBAN LEAGUE OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS
Phone: 618-274-1150

E-mail: LGardner@UrbanLeague-Stl.org
1401 East Broadway   East St. Louis, Illinois 62201
Fair Housing Pre-Purchase Education Workshops – Mortgage Delinquency and Default Resolution Counseling – Pre-purchase Counseling – Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops – Rental Housing Counseling

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION SERVICES
Phone: 618-233-4119 Fax: 612-233-4611

E-mail: c.education@att.net
#2 Park Place SWANSEA, Illinois 62226-2965
Financial Management/Budget Counseling – Pre-purchase Counseling – Pre-purchase Homebuyer Education Workshops
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Please fill out this form and bring/mail it to your bank/servicer and/or non profit foreclosure prevention program. Tell them you want them to review and process your request to be helped by these federal programs to prevent foreclosure of your home.
I request forbearance on my mortgage based on the applicable Treasury, HUD/FHA, Fannie Mae, and/or Freddie Mac policies on forbearance and/or a HAMP loan modification:
Name                                                                                              Phone
Address


Email, if you have it:
Bank/Mortgage Company holding your mortgage

 

Hardship reasons: (list below and/or on back)
(Income Reduced due to unemployment, underemployment, cut in pay or hours, decline in business earnings, disability, divorce, death of borrower or co borrower OR Expenses Increased OR Debt increased like credit cards, home equity OR Insufficient cash reserves)

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Continuation of Health Care Coverage

Jun 6, 2011 by

  • Thanks to Suzanne Thomas, senior PR coordinator of eHealth Inc., who submitted this information to one of our members.

    Here are some tips to ride out unemployment while keeping your health insurance:

  • First, check to see if you can get on your spouse’s employer plan. Learn how much, if any, the employee share of the premium would increase if you join the plan.
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  • If you have either lost or left your job and are offered COBRA continuation coverage (the same plan you had with your employer, but now you pay both the employer and employee contributions), learn exactly how much your COBRA premiums will cost each month, and exactly what the benefits are. COBRA often provides very comprehensive benefits to satisfy a broad audience, so think about which benefits you really need. Note that COBRA can provide important protection for people who have pre-existing medical conditions that may prevent them from getting approved for a new health insurance plan on their own.
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  • If you are in relatively good health and don’t have any pre-existing conditions, you may be able to find less expensive options to COBRA. In fact, the average COBRA premium costs 60% more than for customers who found comparable individual coverage on-line. (The average COBRA premium = $400/month individual, $1078/month family. The average individual plan througheHealthInsurance = $158/month individual, $366 month/family.)
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  • Before you decide to apply for a plan online, check with your doctor. Individual plans are subject to underwriting for pre-existing conditions. You should carefully consider COBRA coverage if you or a member of your family are currently pregnant, have a pre-existing health condition, are taking prescription medications, or have been declined for private health insurance.
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  • If you think losing your job is a possibility in the next year, start reviewing your employer health care plans now. During open enrollment, you may be able to choose a plan that would cost less if you were later required to pay all of the premium through COBRA.
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  • Go online and compare plans from at least 2-3 different health insurance companies.  Look at options between 6-8 plans side by side, benefit for benefit.  At a reputable site like eHealthInsurance.com, it’s as easy as typing in your birth date and zip code.
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  • Look for an individual plan online that has the same benefits (if you need all those benefits) and especially the same doctors that you love.
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  • Buy only what you need and save on the monthly premium.  Choosing a high deductible plan is smart for some individuals and families because it typically reduces monthly premiums, but you must be prepared to pay the amount of the deductible in the coming year as health care needs arise.
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  • Short-term health insurance, which typically lasts for six months, can be a great way to prevent a health insurance gap when you are between jobs or your COBRA benefits are timing out. Applying online for short-term health insurance is quick and easy. Typically you are asked to answer a few basic questions, and you get a quick response.
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  • Now might be a good time to look into a Health Savings Account (HSA)paired with a high deductible health plan.  This type of health insurance allows you to pay directly into a bank account that you own and use to pay for qualified health care expenses at your discretion.  The best news?  Your HSA travels with you regardless of your employment status.
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  • Check into all your options – sometimes it is less expensive for certain family members to be on a separate plan, for example, if someone has a pre-existing condition.  Do the math on separate policies if there are special needs.  It’s easy to price individual and family plans online.
  • Click here to read about COBRA law.

     

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    Taking a furlough?

    Jun 6, 2011 by

    Minimize the harm – Maximize the money in your pocket

    With unpaid furloughs coming up, there are some things of which everyone should be aware.  You can collect unemployment during a furlough week. Here’s how it works:

    First, you must take your furloughs in full weekly increments; not a day at a time.  As unemployment is based on weekly wages before taxes, earning any other income in that week will reduce your benefit. As of June 23rd, 2010, the maximum unemployment compensation benefit in Missouri is $320 per week + $25 from Obama’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Because Missouri has a one-week waiting period, you will not be eligible for that first week.  However, You must still file to establish your claim during that week. Not filing will seriously impact your ability to collect unemployment later on.

    The week after you file, you must certify your filing (affirm that you performed no work).  You may do this by either:

    a) logging on to:    www.moclaim.mo.gov -or-

    b) call the state’s direct line for unemployment claims at 314-340-3499, 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday. Its usually very busy on Mondays and Fridays, and closed on all state holidays. If you prefer to use the automated system, dial 314-340-4950, then hit “2” and then “4” to get to a claim representative.

    Your unemployment claim will be in effect for one full year.  After your waiting week, you will be able to collect on any other unemployed weeks during that period.

    NOTE*  If you do not make your weekly certification you may not be eligible. This

     

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