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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New Officers Announced

Oct 8, 2018 by

This past Thursday, at noon and 6 pm, a nomination meeting for Local Officers was held at the Guild Office, located at 1015 Locust St.  Members could show up and nominate someone for local office or, if they preferred, they could call in their nomination(s).

 

The following members were nominated:

For president – Jeff Gordon

For first vice president – David Carson

For second vice president – Joe Kenny

For recording secretary – Doug Moore

For treasurer – Letta Dansberry

 

There were no other nominations and, with no contested positions, there is no need for an election and those nominated will take office in January.

Treasurer John Muse had retired from his Post-Dispatch job mid-term and the Executive Committee will say a fond farewell to John at the end of this year.  John has served the Guild faithfully in a variety of positions over the years and we will miss his wise counsel and his passion for justice.  Taking John’s place as treasurer will be Letta Dansberry, a Post-Dispatch member from the sixth floor.  Like John, Letta has been an active member her entire time in our union.  In fact, this is not her first position on the EC; Letta previously served on the Guild Executive Committee in 2005.  Welcome back, Letta!

Nominations and election for all other EC positions will occur at soon-to-be-announced bargaining unit meetings (while Local Officers are elected by the full membership, Unit Chairs and delegates are elected by only those respective bargaining units).  All new unit positions will take effect in January as well.

All Local EC positions run for three years.

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Nominations for UMG Local Officers

Sep 27, 2018 by

Thursday, October 4, United Media Guild, Local 36047 will have two local nomination meetings – at noon and 6:00 p.m. – in the Guild office (1015 Locust St, suite 735) for all Executive Committee officer positions.  The positions are three-year terms and will run from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2022.  Unit chair positions are also expiring and those will be addressed at individual unit meetings conducted between now and the end of the year.

It is easy to place one’s name in nomination.  Simply show up and nominate someone.  If they’re not there to accept the nomination, have their signed acceptance with you.  Or, if you can’t make it over, simply call the office during the meeting (314-241-7046) and we’ll have someone do it for you (we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate; however, we’ll then also have to check with the nominee to confirm that he or she is interested in running).

Once nominations are closed, if there are more nominees than positions, the local will conduct an election by mailing ballots out prior to October 31 and ballots will be mailed back and counted in November.  Officers will be sworn in at our first meeting of the New Year.

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Ratification vote scheduled for Friday at KSDK-TV

Sep 25, 2018 by

 

Friday, September 28 at 12:00 noon, there will be a Guild unit meeting in the second floor conference room at the station to discuss – and then vote on – the tentative agreement reached last week between the United Media Guild bargaining team and the employer’s bargaining team of KSDK-TV station management and TEGNA.

 

This tentative agreement came about after several sessions, with the final session occurring with a federal mediator in the offices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.  The new agreement includes a signing bonus, an additional holiday and your bargaining team recommends that it be ratified.

 

WHAT:  Contract review and ratification vote

WHEN:  Friday, September 28 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

WHERE:  Second Floor Conference Room

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Come out on Labor Day and march with our CWA sisters and brothers!

Aug 29, 2018 by

This year CWA is THIRD in line because it’s our 80th anniversary of marching in this parade!

So it’s safe to say that we’ll be heading out at 9:00 a.m. sharp!  But you’ll need to show up earlier than that if you want to grab one of the awesome free T-shirts that we’ll be handing out!

We’ll be lining up at 14th Street and Tucker. . . See you there!

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UMG members, top CWA officers joined Missouri’s fight against “Right to Work”

Aug 9, 2018 by

Members of the United Media Guild were on the front lines of the fight against “Right to Work” in Missouri.

Some of our retiree members helped gather signatures the more than 310,000 signatures that forced the issue to a state-wide ballot.

CWA president Chris Shelton.

Our Labor Tribune unit played a key role in the anti-RTW messaging. Members of our Missouri Jobs with Justice unit got out into our communities explaining why RTW would be bad for the state’s workers.

And top officers in  the Communications Workers of America — the parent union of The NewsGuild and UMG — joined the phone bank effort from their office in Washington D.C.

CWA president Chris Shelton and CWA secretary-treasurer Sara Steffens were among those reaching out to voters.

Ultimately “Right to Work” lost in Missouri by a resounding 2-to-1 margin. Voters rejected this attempt to weaken the labor movement by allowing workers to benefit from union representation without paying dues.

Such legislation erodes worker solidarity and diminishes the resources unions need to gain and enforce contracts.

“This has never been about workers receiving an extra 25 cents an hour or a 401k match,” UMG business representative Shannon Duffy wrote in an essay published on the Labor Notes website. “That’s small potatoes to them, an annoyance. This is the result of planning on a grand scale. It has to do with keeping workers disorganized and, if possible, at each other’s throats—because a disorganized workplace, where workers feel powerless, prevents our ability to act collectively in the broader struggle for social and economic justice.”

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