When did we buy a hybrid?

Employees in editorial were surprised to get a memo informing them that they were now going to work a “hybrid” week.

Some days they might work more than 7.5 hours, some days they might work less. In this way, the Company could avoid paying overtime.

There is only one problem with this, and it’s a big one. The contract specifies under Section 26.B., Page 50, that a work day is 7.5 hours with an hour for lunch. There are exceptions if you’re working a four-day work week or part of a job share, but the Company doesn’t have the right to unilaterally impose such a thing.

And, no, once again the Company did not talk to the Guild before issuing such a memo. Sadly, that’s par for the course these days. We’ll bring it up at bargaining today.


  • Mike Jarboe

    I can’t for the life of me understand who signed off on such a thing. This is why I have chosen to work at union papers, where nonsense like this cannot be imposed.

  • John Runfola

    I am a Guild member because I believe in the contract. The contract needs to be followed at all times. Everyone needs adequate rest periods from the pressures of producing a top quality product for our customers. The company can charge a premium price for advertising because we produce a premium product.
    Support the Guild bargaining team!

  • Danielle Furfaro

    The company’s repeated attempts to violate union rules indicates a lack of respect for all of its employees.
    We all understand that times are tough and adjustments need to be made, but that’s no reason to violate our contract.

  • JiNX-01

    I was astounded when I heard about this. There is absolutely nothing in our contract that permits it.

    Nothing in our discussions with the company last summer to establish job titles and pay classifications for the Prometheus reorganization opened the door to “hybrid” schedules or unpaid OT.

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