Employees in advertising met this week to air their concerns about their treatment.
It’s been a highly stressful time for the folks who bring in the money. Their commissions have been cut, their names and how close they are to sales goals are being posted for all to see on a board, and the Company has started handing out “performance improvement plans” to veteran sales workers. Worst of all, some salespeople are being told not to call some of their clients if the advertiser hasn’t bought an ad in six months. Instead, it is being classified as “new business” and being given to other salespeople — even if the customer calls up their regular salesperson.
It’s motivating the employees all right: to get active in their union. And the Guild plans to bring these issues to the bargaining table.