I'm a little late with this update...
Last week the Bee Guild posted a summary of their negotiations with management.
The biggest sticking points: management wants to reduce severange pay from 40 weeks to 26 weeks -- which would make it $10,000 to $20,000 cheaper to lay off veteran workers. Management also wants to make it easier to reduce some workers to part-time, and, hire freelance writers.
The next round of negotiations is January 19. Click here to see the update on the Guild's web site.
Expect stalemate after stalemate (for years, if necessary) until the employees finally break and de-certify. That's what McClatchy did to us when they moved in.
And we're all the poorer for it now.
Who pays for the Vizcaya hotel conference room ? That place is not cheap.
They should use the Bee cafeteria. It was shutdown a year ago so there's plenty of space and privacy.
Management insists on meeting off site. Don't know why. Don't know why Vizcaya. Lots of places would be cheaper.
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