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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.

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    Agreement reached on company cell phone stipend policy

    In response to a new company mobile phone stipend policy, members of the Newspaper  Guild met this week with company representatives to discuss concerns over what appeared to be company access to the personal phones of our members, up to and including the potential review and deletion of any and all data if the company felt any company email on the phone had been compromised. Accordingly, the policy no longer contains any requirement that our members install any company app that can provide access to the phone and its contents. Our members will be required to report to the company upon learning their phone is lost or stolen, which then…

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    2018 Health Insurance Update

    The news for the 2018 health insurance coverage is a mix of good and bad. First, the good: The company’s health insurance consultant, the local firm of Brown and Brown, was able to negotiate a 4.9 percent premium increase from our current provider, MVP. There will be no need to change health care providers. Given the current uncertainty in the health care market, due to the current political outlook on potential changes in the federal Affordable Care Act, a premium increase in the low single digits was very favorable. Now, for the bad news. As you know, the Guild has long maintained a so-called “composite” health care rate, in which…