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    Company seeks to force Health Care Deductible increase over Guild objection

    For about a month now, the company and the Guild, along with the unions for the mailroom and the press, have been negotiating the 2019 health care package. The company initially proposed increasing the current out-of-pocket individual deductible, which has been $750 for several years, to $950 as part of coverage with our current carrier, MVP. This increase would be part of a package that would include a form of telephone medical “concierge” service aimed at dealing with routine health issues without the expenses associated with a doctor’s office visit. Under our current system, once the deductible is reached, expenses are then reimbursed through a company/Guild fund run by our…

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    Guild members approve company buyout offer

    Guild members approved an amended buyout offer today by a 31-1 tally. Members now have until 5 p.m. Nov. 12 to consider applying for this offer. Applying for the offer in no way obligates the person to accept, should the company offer it. Members who sign the buyout agreement will have seven days to rescind it without consequence. The company’s offer is two weeks pay for every year of service, with a maximum payment 62 weeks. Years of service would be calculated as of Nov. 1, 2018, and would not include fractional years. The minimum payment is be four weeks. Concurrent health care coverage would be capped at 52 weeks, even…

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    Guild members to vote Friday on company buyout offer

    After negotiations with the company, the Guild will present an amended buyout offer for the consideration of members on Friday, Nov. 2 from noon–1 pm and 4–5 pm, in the executive conference room on the second floor. A “yes” vote means that the offer can be considered by individual members. The company’s offer still calls for two weeks pay for every year of service. However, the maximum payment would now be capped at no more than 62 weeks, up from 52 weeks under the company’s initial offer to the Guild this month. Years of service would be calculated as of Nov. 1, 2018, and would not include fractional years. The…

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    Company seeking buyouts to reduce staff

    The company informed the Guild on Tuesday that it seeks an unspecified reduction in staffing before the end of 2018. Under the terms of the current contract, that step requires the company first make a buyout offer to workers who are willing to leave prior to pursuing potential layoffs. The offer is similar to that made in 2016 when the company last sought staffing cuts. It calls for two weeks pay per year of service, starting at a minimum of 10 weeks pay to a maximum of 52 weeks pay. For the 2016 buyout, the minimum buyout was 15 weeks of pay to a maximum of 52 weeks. The Guild…

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    Melissa Nelson Says Farewell

    Melissa Nelson will retire on April 27, capping a 35-year career of NewsGuild activism, including 11 on the staff of the national union. She served the national union first as a field rep and eventually as director of collective bargaining, where she reviews contract proposals and settlements, and advises union negotiators.