The United Media Guild

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No buyouts planned for Post-Dispatch newsroom

A recent Post-Dispatch layoff included three Guild members in advertising-related jobs. This layoff did not extend to the newsroom, but the Guild had informal discussions with the company about potential severance buyouts for veteran journalists. If fact, the company encouraged...

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Save the SJ-R campaign gathering momentum

Our public campaign for a fair contract at the State Journal-Register in Springfield is gathering steam. Anybody interested in support our fight to protect great journalism that important newspaper can visit our Save the SJ-R blog. You can follow the...

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Post-Dispatch Unit begins formulating negotiating demands

Lee Enterprises, the parent company of the Post-Dispatch, has emerged from bankruptcy and successfully refinanced its debt into more favorable terms. It continues to pay down the debt with positive cash flow and reward its top executives with hefty bonuses....

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Members sought for Post-Dispatch bargaining committee

The United Media Guild would like to get a head start on negotiations for a new contract for our Post-Dispatch unit and Lee Enterprises. So we are seeking volunteers to serve on our bargaining committee. Here is how the process...

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Negotiations thaw: Guild withdraws ULP charges in Rockford / agreements reached on multiple issues

  During last week's negotiations, the Guild and the Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal Standard were able to come to terms on a number of issues.  One such issue was the settlement of the Unfair Labor Practice charges that the Guild...

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Pekin Daily Times ratifies new contract

  Tuesday, February 24, UMG members of the Pekin Daily Times unit voted to ratify a new two-year agreement.  The vote occurred at two meetings - noon and 6:00 p.m. - held in a private room of Goodfella's restaurant. The...

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Jobs with Justice unit ratifies new contract

  Our Missouri Jobs with Justice unit negotiated a new three-year contract featuring pay increases in each year of the agreement. The contract raises the minimum pay for a JwJ organizer by $2,000. The first year of the contract featured...

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UMG honors activists, journalists for outstanding work

The United Media Guild honored key activists and outstanding journalists during an awards ceremony Jan. 29 in St. Louis. The presentations came during the UMG's quarterly Local Meeting. Here were the award winners: TERRY HUGHES AWARD: St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter...

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