At a breakfast meeting today, Capital Region labor leaders pledged their support for our union in its contract negotiations with the Times Union.
The local leaders were incensed by many of the proposals the Company has made including:
* from “We’re Your Source” to “We’re Outsourced”: The contract wants the right to outsource our jobs to independent contractors and nonunion part-timers. In 1995, an exception was made to this language for drivers. At the time, there were 49. Now there are only five. This proposal could decimate the workforce.
* Elimination of the “No Pay Cuts” clause, rendering contractual minimums meaningless.
* Elimination of the requirement that layoffs occur in reverse order of seniority, enabling managers to pick and choose who they let go regardless of how long and loyal the employee’s service.
*Elimination of severance if a person is laid off “for cause” with management being the sole decider of what constitutes “cause”
*From “Labor Unions: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend” to “The Times Union: The Folks Who Eliminated the Weekend.” They want to give supervisors the right to change employees’ days off without their consent — and even split them so they don’t get two days off in a row.
Bargaining resumes at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 15.