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StaffMarch 7, 2014NewsWhip.com
What if front pages were selected by newspapers’ readers instead of their editors? The website NewsWhip ran a little experiment. On Wednesday, we gathered the front pages of leading newspapers in several countries. Then we used Spike to check the most shared stories from each one... we used those stories to make new 'people powered' front pages for each newspaper – giving the most shared story the most prominence, the second most shared the second most prominence, etc." Take a look at their remakes of The New York Tiimes, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Martha WaggonerMarch 6, 2014SEC Chair, NewsGuild-CWA
DURHAM, N.C. _ Unions must organize workers in the South, not just to improve the lives of workers in that region, but also to stop its anti-union laws from spreading any further into the rest of the country.
That was one of many takeaways from a panel discussion at Duke University, where about 150 activists gathered just three days after the narrow union loss at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Folks in New York or California may wonder why they should care about the South,” said MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the N.C. AFL-CIO. “Well unfortunately, the problems of the South are quickly becoming the problems of the nation. Our low wages drive down wages everywhere. Our Southern tea party conservatives block legislation in Congress. And because of ALEC, our union-busting laws are spreading around the country to states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. What happens here in the South affects the nation. And that effect will only increase … as the South grows in population and political influence.” (See poem by McMillan at end of story.)
And the South is the most important political region in the country today, said Chris Kromm, executive director of the nonprofit Institute for Southern Studies. “The center of political gravity is shifting to the South, which means it’s not an option to not have a Southern strategy,” he said. “One-third of the electoral votes it takes to elect a president come in Southern states.”
He said the groups that have the highest favorable opinions of unions are blacks and Hispanics, and now, half of all blacks in the country live in the 13 Southern states. Combine them with Latinos and the 47 percent of whites who view unions favorably and you know why anti-union forces fought organizing at the VW plant so hard.
“It’s not just about that one plant, it’s not just about the growth of the auto industry in the South,” he said. “It’s also about the changing demographics of the South, the growing political power of people of color communities and how they’re ripe for organizing. And so workers will always be ready to organize in the South. It’s whether or not labor has a strategy to address and engage them.”
The South also is the home of “the fastest-growing, most diverse movement for economic justice in this country,” McMillan said.
“Workers in the South have had enough. We want change. We want hope. And we want to believe that things can be different. And they can be,” she said. “If unions make investments in Southern states, if we grow this movement here, we can change the South and by doing so, we can bring economic justice to every corner of this nation.
The discussion was sponsored by the N.C. State AFL-CIO, Duke’s CLASS Center, Labor & Working Class History Association and Student Action with Farmworkers.
Paul FarhiMarch 6, 2014The Washington Post
NBC News has agreed to pay the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the South African woman killed by Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, for its cooperation in a series of interviews. The deal is the latest instance of pay-to-play, or “checkbook journalism,” by NBC, which has lined up a series of other newsworthy individuals by offering, in some cases, more than $100,000 for their cooperation. For example, the network signed a six-figure deal with teenage California kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson and her father, Brett, last fall. In November, NBC’s news division agreed to pay nine sky divers and two pilots who survived a spectacular midair accident $100,000 for appearances on the “Today” show and news programs.
Patrick KingsleyMarch 5, 2014The Guardian
The second day of the trial of three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt descended into farce on Wednesday as the prosecution presented the entire contents of their raided hotel rooms as evidence. Prosecutors presented box after box of everyday items and broadcast equipment as evidence of the defendants' alleged terrorism – many of them as innocuous as electric cables, a computer keyboard, and a bumbag belonging to Peter Greste.
StaffMarch 5, 2014NewsGuild-CWA
It's new logos for two locals.
It’s also evidence of what two newspapers have lost in talent: Both logos were created by artists whose papers laid them off.
The growing St. Louis-based United Media Guild now displays its name and slogan around a raised fist clutching a rolled-up newspaper. The previous logo featured the famous St. Louis arch.
With so many new units outside the state—four at Illinois newspapers and one at the Workers Interfaith Network in Memphis “we knew our old Arch logo no longer worked,” local Business Rep Shannon Duffy said.
The local approached Chris Britt, a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist who had been a victim of Gatehouse’s purge at the State Journal-Register in Illinois. “He couldn’t wait to help our cause,” Duffy said.
The fist logo not only represents the larger geography of the local, but also its varied units. “We now have newspapers, a television station, a digital news organization, a PR firm and some social justice organizations,” Duffy said, adding that the local’s new slogan, “Fighting for journalism and the public good,” represents all members.
When the Detroit Guild decided it wanted a new logo, leaders decided to hold a contest. “We received eight entries and the Representative Assembly voted at the January meeting. They narrowed it down to three finalists, then chose this one,” local Administrative Officer Lou Grieco said.
The winner was created by David Pierce, a former Detroit Free Press graphic artist and Guild member who was laid off last fall, Grieco said. Pierce won $100 in gift cards.
Local leaders “liked that it had an old-school, retro feel that they felt well represented our history,” Grieco said.
Sara SteffensMarch 5, 2014NewsGuild-CWA
It was the intern’s last night in town, and a handful of us were sending her off in classic newsroom-style when the conversation drifted to her future in photojournalism.
“Do yourself a favor,” someone said, only half joking. “Get out while you still can.”
Katie’s eyes flashed.
“You know what?” she said. “I’m sick of hearing that. This is what I want to do. Don’t tell me not to.”
Journalism students have always had grit. Most of us were warned, at one point or another in our young careers, to run for our lives.
But in this era of economic free fall, choosing a career in news takes an extra measure of steeliness and courage.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the Katies of the world these days, and what they might bring to our Guild, as we roll out a cluster of experimental projects funded by CWA’s new Growth Fund.
The grant, which totals just over $211,000 this year, focuses on strengthening our ties to activists in five key groups:
* Journalism students
* Spanish-language media workers
* Independent interpreters
* First Amendment advocates
With this work we aim to broaden significantly what it means to be a Guild member or ally. In each case, we reach beyond traditional membership models to try new ways of connecting to our fellow media and communications workers.
Our goals for the year include launching Guild student chapters on at least five campuses, establishing freelance units in at least five cities, and reaching out to thousands of independent or unrepresented interpreters.
We want to begin a national conversation about substandard pay and working conditions in Spanish-language media, where highly skilled bilingual workers too often earn less than their English-language counterparts.
And we hope to enlist thousands of you, our current members, in a broad coalition opposing the growing crackdown on our right to report, photograph and share information critical to our democracy.
These projects won’t replace our focus on serving members through collective bargaining and contract enforcement. But they will help us reach out to activists who share our values—including young people like Katie, who remind us why our professions and our labor movement are worth fighting for.
Since 2000, newspapers have lost 30 percent of their staff. Nearly one-third of creative media work is now freelance. Most news media companies have utterly failed to produce any credible model of earning substantial revenue online.
None of us can say with certainty what happens next.
But we do know that our industry’s transformation will be driven by today’s journalism students. They will, quite literally, help build our future.
Clearly, that’s a friendship worth investing in.
Interested in helping students or freelancers, or working on other Growth Fund projects? Contact Sara Steffens at email@example.com or (510) 332-9483.
StaffMarch 5, 2014NewsGuild-CWA
American-style union-busting continues to creep north, but unions and progressive lawmakers are fighting back and winning important battles.
In recent months, CWA Canada joined a rising chorus of condemnation against a proposed bill that will sound all-too familiar to U.S. union members.
The bill, being fast-tracked by the government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, would do away with card check, which allows employees to form a union if a majority of them at a workplace sign cards. Card check minimizes employer intimidation and reprisals.
But the bill’s worst provisions, anti-democratic voting rules that would make union elections nearly impossible to win, have been stripped out.
Backlash from “unions and opposition parties got them to withdraw it,” CWA Canada Director Martin O’Hanlon said. “I think the government must have known it was going to be seen as unfair and possibly unconstitutional.”
Instead of standard majority rule—50 percent of voters plus one—the bill set out to require that a majority of all workers would have to vote “Yes” to certify a union. In other words, employees who didn’t cast ballots would still be counted—as “No” votes.
O’Hanlon called the scheme “outrageous and fundamentally unfair.”
The bill continues to move forward with the anti-card check language in place. With fair voting rules, that provision isn’t as much of a threat as it was initially, O’Hanlon said.
But union and progressive activists in Canada, like their American counterparts, don’t expect they’ve seen the end of more vicious assaults on workers’ rights.
The bill “is further evidence of a Conservative government bent on undermining Canada’s unions,” the progressive Broadbent Institute said. “We view this bill as part of a broader assault on our democracy that includes shutting down debates in Parliament to ram through legislation, muzzling government scientists, and intimidating civil society groups.”
Tim SimmersMarch 5, 2014Pacific Media Workers Guild
When you’re looking at a full-time newspaper job in the rear-view mirror, the road ahead can be treacherous. It can also be open and full of possibilities, writes freelancer Tim Simmers, who interviews former newspaper reporters who have found their freelancing niche. "While it’s challenging, where there’s danger there’s opportunity. That’s an old business mantra, and freelancing is a business. The survivors are writing books and magazine articles, working for elected officials, doing research and public relations, and still cranking out newspaper stories. Anything to keep that writing flame alive."
Robert FederMarch 4, 2014RobertFeder.com
Thanks to Guild action and negotiations, four of the photojournalists who were fired when the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photo department last spring are rejoining the newspaper this week. Photo: Some of the 29 fired photographers shoot pictures at a rally to fight for their jobs last June. Photo by Rob Hart.
Andrew LeonardMarch 3, 2014Salon
Writing about the case of Amazon warehouse workers seeking payment for long waits in security lines at the end of their shifts, Salon says, "this kind of nickel-and-dime profit shaving is exactly the kind of thing that, in the past, would be part of a negotiated settlement between a strong union and a massive employer like Amazon. But since there are no strong unions in the tech sector, workers have no alternative but to go the courts... The more we know about labor conditions in Amazon’s warehouses, the worse it gets. Now we can add to all the other indignities the humiliation of standing in line — without pay — to prove that you are not a thief, and the unlikelihood that John G. Roberts’ Supreme Court will do anything about it."
LeadershipMarch 3, 2014Albany Guild
In the latest case of Albany Times-Union ad employees being treated inappropriately, a training exercise scheduled this week calls for employees to earn points by dancing in front of their colleagues. The exercise calls for ad sales staff to answer questions. If they get the answers wrong, they can ‘choose’ to dance. If the judge likes their dancing, they will get half the points back. Ad employees brought the exercise to the Guild’s attention, and we have informed the Company that this is inappropriate and, with a largely female staff, carries “the strong stink of sexual harassment.”
Charles M. MadiganMarch 3, 2014Axis Philly
What is the purpose of a newspaper? “The pursuit of truth so an informed citizenry can make good decisions about its democracy,” might be how you would put it, given knowledge of history and traditional mission. That thought is as dead (and its memory as precious) as Shirley Temple in some media circles. The real answer, especially at the Philadelphia Inquirer these days, depends on who you are asking. Says one veteran reporter, “Certainly the paper is smaller and the staff is smaller. Major beats go uncovered. There is no question that we are missing stories. But it is still the case here that if you have a great idea and can relay that with commitment to the editors, they will take the time and the space you need to report your story and do it justice. In some important ways, it’s the same as it always was.”
Peter ElkindMarch 3, 2014CNNMoney.com
Fortune/CNNMoney reports on an organizing drive by about 100 Bloomberg Law data analysts who want to join the Washington-Baltimore Guild. They would only be the second group of Bloomberg employees who have representation; members at the Bureau of National Affairs, now Bloomberg BNA, were organized long before the former New York City mayor's company acquired BNA. Fortune reports that workers are "fearful of layoffs and unhappy with work conditions. Tom McGlaughlin, a leader of the organizing drive, tells workers, "Management says they don't want a union because they want to work 'with us.' What we should be afraid of is that they actually want to work 'without us.'" Photo: Guild and Bloomberg BNA negotiators shake on a contract proposal in March 2013; members overwhelming approved the agreement.
LeadershipFebruary 28, 2014Manchester Newspaper Guild
Informational picket and leafleting and petition signing:
Fellow Members of Local 31167:
As mentioned in our email to you yesterday, The Manchester Newspaper Guild, through its attorneys, this morning filed a 7-count Unfair Labor Practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against our employer, The Union Leader Corp. Our complaint, as well as one the company has filed against the local alleging "bad faith bargaining," mark a new and unprecedented LOW in the 72-year history of labor relations between our local and The New Hampshire Union Leader.
At the same time, our efforts together to mobilize both ourselves and the public in our opposition to the company's proposals has made a real difference. It really isn't a coincidence the company has retracted its retroactive pay and insurance proposals. Your picketing, and billboard, and personnel file requests and petition and stickers and tent cards and all the other actions we've taken together helped make that happen.
That's why, as the company slowly realizes our unity and our power when we speak out and bargain and work together, it is vital to keep the pressure on. It's why you're needed at Saturday's informational picket in Concord. Here are the details:
Informational picket and leafleting and petition signing:
Saturday, March 1
Front of the Capital Center for the Arts
44 So. Main Street
The picket coincides with the NH state spelling bee, sponsored by the Union Leader
We know people have family obligations and other plans. We all do. But think about it. What could be a bigger or more important obligation, or a better weekend plan, than fighting to protect your family's livelihood? An 18% pay cut will change all our lives, and not for the better. And it looms ever closer if together we don't all push back hard against it, every chance we get. Saturday is our next opportunity. Please be there if you can.
For added excitement, we will be giving away two, $100 Visa gift cards to two lucky members of Local 31167 who attend, and a $50 gift card to a retiree who attends. We'll be giving out tickets to our members who attend Sunday's picket. At the end of the event, we'll pick two winners and give them the cards. But you can easily increase your chances of winning.
You'll get one ticket for each person you bring to the event. Bring yourself, get one ticket. Bring you and your spouse? Get two tickets. Bring your two kids as well? Four tickets. Bring your family of four and your neighbor's family of five? Nine tickets for you! Rent a school bus and get your whole neighborhood to come along? Get 75 tickets!
Meanwhile, Our NLRB complaint makes seven separate charges that the company has committed Unfair Labor Practices by violating the National Labor Relations Act. While we await the investigation and determination by the labor board, we have postponedMonday's bargaining, especially as one complaint central to the current situation is that the company refuses to even bargain an acceptable confidentiality agreement so that we may see and discuss their financial records in a meaningful way, especially after they cited an inability to continue paying us at our current rates.
Here are our complaints, as filed this morning:
1. Since on or about September 18, 2013, the employer has engaged in a course and conduct of surface bargaining, with no real intention of arriving at a collective bargaining agreement with the Union. In doing so it has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
2. On multiple occasions between September 18, 2013 and the present, the employer has failed and refused to provide the Charging Party with information relevant to subjects under negotiation and necessary to the Charging Party’s preparation for and conduct of those negotiations. In doing so, the employer has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
3. Since on or about September 30, 2013, the employer has insisted upon an unreasonable confidentiality agreement as a condition precedent to the production of certain information sought by the Union in connection with negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. In doing so, the employer has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
4. Since on or about February 26, 2013, the employer has refused to bargain over the terms and conditions of a confidentiality agreement imposed by it as a condition precedent to the production of certain information sought by the Union in connection with negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. In doing so, the employer has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
5. Since on or about September 18, 2013, and continuing to date, the Employer has insisted that a new collective bargaining agreement provide it with complete discretion over reductions in force without any parameters, standards or guidelines. In doing so, the employer has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
6. From on or about January 22, 2014 through February 26, 2014 the employer insisted upon acceptance by the Union of an illegal wage proposal and thereby effectively impeded bargaining over wages during that entire period. In doing so, the employer has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
7. Since on or about September 18, 2013 and continuing to date, the employer has proposed and insisted that a new collective bargaining agreement contain an unlawful restriction on employees’ rights under the Act to engage in union activity. In doing so, the employer has violated Section 8(a)(5) and, derivatively and independently, Section 8(a)(1) of the Act.
The company's charge against us thus far is completely unspecific in that no details were provided into the allegations, and it is hard to contemplate what the allegations might be based on the definitions and rules provided in the National Labor Relations Act.
We will await the investigations. and the board rulings. And we'll keep you posted. See you in Concord!
Your Local 31167 Mobilization and Bargaining Teams
Manchester Newspaper Guild
TNG-CWA Local 31167
Ron Lind, UFCWFebruary 28, 2014Contra Costa Times
In the flurry of media coverage about the proposed takeover of Safeway by a private equity firm, no attention has been given to the effect such a change in ownership will have on the workers at the grocery chain, writes Ron Lind, a UFCW president in the northwest region of California. Our union is familiar with Cerberus, the odds-on favorite to take over Safeway. In 2006, it took over Albertsons. "The new employer, modestly named after the mythological dogs that guard the gates of hell, sold every piece of property that wasn't nailed down and some that was. The results in terms of store closures, reductions in hours and rundown stores were miserable for the workers and the shopping public alike."
Bernie LunzerFebruary 28, 2014NewsGuild-CWA
Two things you should know as a Guild member right now:
Two things you should know as a Guild member right now:
One, we unabashedly will be urging you to get involved in social justice and political action, especially when issues directly affect journalists and union members.
Two, we are being frugal with your dues to keep our union viable in a difficult time.
Regarding politics, we’re talking about issues, not candidates. We share CWA President Larry Cohen’s concern that democracy itself is at stake today as our country’s historic inequality widens and corporations write our laws. We’ve even heard a billionaire outrageously suggest that only property owners should be allowed to vote, and that rich Americans should get more votes than the poor.
As a union we’ve always had enemies. But we used to have friends in both major parties—it wasn’t unusual for a CWA local to endorse a worker-friendly GOP candidate. Today the Republican Party is out to destroy us. The Democratic Party woos us with campaign promises, but too often turns its back when elections are over.
Individually, not all Republicans or Democrats share their parties’ views. The Guild has activist members from both political traditions. When it comes to legislation, there are Democrats, Independents and, we hope, even some Republicans, who will stand with us for democracy in the workplace and freedom of association.
We know there are members of both major parties willing to work with us on freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Case in point: We are part of a coalition backing shield law legislation that was introduced by a GOP congressman.
As for other fights, check out page 8 to see one example of the activism Guild members and leaders have participated in with passion: the 1980s fight against apartheid in South Africa. And we’ve always been vocal and active in fighting for civil rights here at home. We don’t do these things alone, of course. We are part of a community of labor, of religious organizations, of social justice groups that turn out for each other as need arises.
So when your local calls on you to join the fight, please do. We understand the limitations for journalists, of course. Objectivity won’t be sacrificed. But consider the Guild’s activism in the past and recognize that not all journalists need to be objective on all issues. Certainly a food writer can take a stand on health care. And, of course, we’re not all journalists. You may work in ad sales or the business office. Maybe you’re an interpreter, a growing sector of our union. Maybe you sell magazines or doughnuts at Penn Station in New York. Nothing should stop you from exercising your right—I’d even say responsibility—to speak out on issues that matter.
Photo above at right: Many Guild members weren’t shy about activism during America’s major civil rights battles. Above, members march for the Equal Rights Amendment at a Cleveland rally in 1983.
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Now, about our penny-pinching:
In April, we’ll be having a multi-council meeting in Orlando, Fla, for all U.S. locals. We chose that location because we were able to bargain good rates for two large meetings there, this one and next year’s Sector Conference. It’s an East Coast location, near most of our locals, keeping travel costs down.
We can assure you that the meetings will be efficient and valuable. Our agenda this year will include training, strategy sessions and opportunities to learn from each other. For example, we’ll be teaching bargaining strategies under the Affordable Care Act.
We never stop looking for ways to use our union’s resources in the most efficient ways possible. It’s a conversation that’s grown more urgent the last two years, as everyone feels the pinch.
Careful budgeting helps keep our union strong, committed to organizing, to bargaining fair contracts and fighting workplace injustice.
But our real strength, as always, is you. With your help, we’ll push back against those who seek to destroy us. In solidarity, we can move mountains.
Tim O'BrienFebruary 28, 2014President, Albany Guild
Results from a Guild poll of Albany advertising workers. See more results here.
Parents and school leaders discourage bullying in school and on the playground, but it is still widely allowed in many workplaces.
Employees at New York’s Albany Times Union and Kingston Daily Freeman know this all too well. In the advertising departments, especially, workers have faced harsh treatment and turned to their Guild locals for help.
While the locals filed unfair labor practice charges in specific cases, leaders saw an opportunity to do more: a training session for members on workplace bullying.
KC Wagner, director of workplace issues for Cornell University’s International Labor School, conducted the four-hour seminar Saturday, Feb. 1. Guild headquarters provided funding.
“This is a phenomenon that has serious consequences,” Wagner told the attendees gathered at a hotel in the Albany suburbs. “This is not something that is just happening in your head. This isn’t just the union doing its thing.”
The workshop looked at what constitutes harassment and bullying on the job, how the law treats it, and what recourse workers have. Participants described the kind of behavior that was causing stress, and together with Wagner they brainstormed solutions.
Wagner said workplace bullying is now at the same place where sexual harassment was 30 years ago, but that the workplace culture can and must be changed.
In Albany, advertising employees have been subjected to an unprecedented series of pressures. Individual accounts are backed up by a Guild survey revealing longer hours yet less pay for most ad workers, stress involving ambiguous goals in “performance plans” and poor training, among other issues.
Last fall, prior to the survey, ad workers met with Times Union Publisher George Hearst and presented a petition that formally complained about the “hostile work environment” in their department. The company sent a corporate lawyer to “investigate” but little to nothing has changed.
Recent “motivational” signs, for example, described a group of employees as “terrorists.” After the Albany Guild leaders strongly objected, the signs were removed and the company apologized. But some managers continue to pressure employees and make unreasonable demands.
As the city was preparing for a major snowstorm overnight that closed schools and left roads unplowed, advertising managers told workers to “plan ahead” to make it to work the next morning in time for 8:30 a.m. training. The Guild responded by telling workers to put safety first: “No training is worth injuring yourself or others.”
Standing up for yourself or others in the ad department brings consequences. One Guild officer there has been subjected to impossible demands as a result of speaking up for her colleagues, prompting the union to file multiple ULPs.
In Kingston, ad employees are similarly stressed with “performance improvement plans” being introduced that threaten their jobs.
Wagner said such stresses cost employers in the long run. She said unions play an important role by giving voice to workers. “The silence of some people in the face of this may come across as tacit approval,” she said.
Several states including New York have proposed legislation to encourage healthy workplaces. Under current law, workers can sue if they are targeted because of their race, gender, ethnicity or age but have no recourse if they are bullied at work.
The Albany local is examining a bill sponsored by state Sen. Diane Savino and considering endorsing it. The union may send some of its members to testify in hearings or otherwise discuss the bill and why conditions at the Times Union show it is sorely needed.
But Wagner said while unions should support anti-bullying legislation, she added that they can also act collectively now.
“Just because it is not against the law yet doesn’t mean it is acceptable,” she said.
Jeff GordonFebruary 28, 2014United Media Guild
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Elisa Crouch (right) has received the 2014 Terry Hughes Award from the United Media Guild. A panel of former Hughes Award winners selected her work for this honor, given annually by the UMG in memory of one of the Post-Dispatch’s greatest journalists. The Hughes Award is open to any journalist working for a newspaper, magazine or on-line operation in the St. Louis area. The UMG received a dozen outstanding entries from various media outlets. But Crouch’s reporting on the Missouri school transfer program stood out. Her stories looked past the political infighting and explored the impact the program had on students, families and communities.
StaffFebruary 28, 2014The Newspaper Guild of New York
New York Guild President Bill O’Meara and Times Unit Chair Grant Glickson are pleased to announce three items of good financial news that will mean extra money in Guild members’ bank accounts and retirement plans in the next few weeks. "Your hard work and your contribution to the Times’s success in the past year make these payments well-earned and more than deserved," O'Meara and Glickson told members. Photo: Members ratify new NY Times contract in 2012. Photo by Suzanne DeChillo.
Michael HiltzikFebruary 28, 2014Los Angeles Times
In a discussion inspired by the recent UAW defeat in Tennessee, columnist Evan Soltas asks if unions are necessary. Michael Wasser of Jobs with Justice schools him. "One hates to say of a writer as fluent as Soltas that his analysis lacks the depth that would come from experience, but Wasser is certainly correct in arguing that Soltas' argument that the U.S. is better off without unions and 'unions can't be saved' reflects the limitations of textbook-learning. A few specific issues: To think that federal labor law has had 'little to do' with union decline, as Soltas puts it, is hopelessly naive."