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Settlement reached at Southern Illinoisan over staffing arbitration case. Contract extension results.

A grievance regarding the use of freelance journalists to replace departed journalists at the Southern was filed several months back and slated for arbitration.  However, after continued attempts to settle the matter, the parties were able to reach a settlement...

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Lee Enterprises Changes Dependent Care Flex Spending Accounts

Lee Enterprises has announced a change its Dependent Care Flex Spending Account.  From Jan 1, 2021 through March 15, 2021, Lee employees will be able to pay for dependent cares services with money deposited into their accounts in 2020. Many...

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Missouri Health Care For All: Brand new unit. Brand new contract!

Today, staff of Missouri Health Care For All (MHCFA), a statewide grassroots organization of activists engaged in health care advocacy, unanimously ratified its first contract. Congratulations MHCFA! The organization gave voluntary recognition a few months back and during that time,...

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In Kansas, “ACLU” apparently stands for “Another Corporate Lackey Unmasked.”

. . . and your little dog too!   In June the United Media Guild was contacted by employees at the ACLU of Kansas about forming a union. ACLU management, led by a former Google executive, Nadine Johnson, fought that...

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ACLU of Kansas staff joins UMG, gains voluntary recognition

The ACLU of Kansas and the United Media Guild have entered into a voluntary recognition agreement which recognizes the Union as the representative of covered ACLU of Kansas staffers.  The voluntary recognition agreement included a “card check,” administered today by...

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ACLU of Kansas staff files for election to join UMG

ACLU of Kansas workers have solidified their mission of protecting and expanding constitutional rights in their own workplace by unionizing with the United Media Guild, Local 36047. On Tuesday, June 23rd, the workers filed for an election with the National...

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Lee Enterprises saved $10 million with layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts this quarter

Lee Enterprises, parent company of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Southern Illinoisan, saved $10 million during the current quarter through layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts. The company also cut capital expenditures by more than 25 percent. Due to the...

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UMG raises journalism concerns at Gannett shareholders meeting

The United Media Guild raised concerns about the state of journalism in Gannett during the company’s annual shareholders meeting Monday morning. The event, held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic, was the first since the GateHouse-Gannett merger. On behalf of...

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