Labor Tribune ratifies new contract

Apr 29, 2016 by

labortribThe United Media Guild finalized its new collective bargaining agreement with the Labor Tribune, adding to its list of settlements in recent months.

The contract featured 3 percent raises this year and next year for the Labor Tribune’s one full-time editorial employee and $750 signing bonuses for all members.

The contract allows the Labor Tribune to freeze pension benefits for its employees. In exchange, the company will contribute the money that would have gone to the pension into employee 401K plans instead.

Initially that regular 401K contribution will be $51.21 per week for each employee. It will increase 3 percent each year going forward.

Here are some highlights of the other deals:

At the Mid-South Organizing Committee, the new contract codified work rules, spelled out job duties, created a phone policy — employees get reimbursement if they don’t use a committee-issued phone — and enhanced grievance and arbitration language.

The contract also calls for step increases over a two-year span for these fast food organizers, from $32,000 to $40,000. In addition, there is a $150 monthly stipend for Organizer 2s, a $250 monthly stipend for leads-in-training and communication specialists and $350 stipend for leads.

At Truthout, the big battle at this progressive digital program was over disciplinary protections, of all things. We were able to maintain key protections and gain staff raises if certain financial benchmarks are reached.

It also created a mechanism for employees to suggest fundraising improvements at the financially strapped operation.

Last year our members at Missouri Jobs with Justice agreed to a new deal that featured immediate pay increases of up to $4,000, then a 3 percent raise in 2016 and a 2 percent bump in 2017.

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Truthout ratifies contract extension

Nov 13, 2015 by

Members of the Truthout unit ratified a contract extension through Oct. 31, 2018, during a conference call Wednesday night.

Disciplinary procedures were a key issue in the negotiations. The extension introduced assigned steps — three strikes — and added a “clean slate” provision. (If there is no repeat of the disciplinary infraction for 12 months, the original infraction is voided for the purpose of progressive discipline.)

Here is a quick overview:

• Internet connection fee reimbursement increased to $60.
• Increased severance pay.
• Five additional holidays.
• Improved training language.
• Raises of 2% per year when the 6-month reserve level is met.
• Contract re-opener after in one year to discuss wages if that reserve level is not met.
• Increased medical premium reimbursements when the 6-month reserve level is met.
• A digital suggestion box for our members to share ideas.

Members also voted to reelect unit chair Mike Ludwig, a reporter at Truthout. We can’t thank Mike enough for his energetic work on behalf of a membership that is scattered across the country in a virtual newsroom.

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Guild negotiates new holiday!

Apr 10, 2012 by

 

 

Um…..okay, actually we didn’t.  What happened was – Truthout, one of our more progressive employers, sent this message to the office:

 

Hi Shannon,

Hope things are well! Just want to let you know that, starting this May, we’re going to give people May 1 off for May Day/International Workers Day. People who work that day will get a comp day to use when they wish.

Thanks!
Maya

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s executive director.
(If only all employers were so enlightened)
Nice going, Truthout.

 

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Sari Gelzer (unit chair at Truthout) joins TNG-CWA Exective Council

Apr 10, 2012 by

and we’re so darned proud of her (after all, we knew her when) that we’re busting our buttons!

Read all about it:

http://www.newsguild.org/node/2120

 

 

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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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