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New Newsweek Owner Won’t Let Staffers Talk About Newsweek [Update]

IBT Media logo GApparently the first rule of IBT Media — the new owner of Newsweek — is you don’t talk about IBT Media. For that policy, the company has drawn the attention of The Newspaper Guild of New York. The Guild has formerly accused IBT Media of not allowing its journalists to discuss their working conditions or criticizing the company, which is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

“The law gives all employees the right to discuss their pay and other terms of employment with one another, even if it means being critical of their employers,” said the Guild’s president, Bill O’Meara, in a statement. “It’s especially disturbing that the owner of a news organization doesn’t seem to understand that.”

Yes, yes it is. The National Labor Relations Board will now investigate the Guild’s claims. If the NLRB considers the case worthwhile, it’ll file a complaint. If a settlement isn’t reached, there would be a hearing by an administrative law judge.

Update (8:09 pm):
IBT Media issued the following statement:

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New York Times Union Members Approve New Contract

After many months of often testy negotiations, The New York Times Newspaper Guild of New York members have agreed to a new contract. Some details of the new deal, per the Guild:

Within the next 30 days, Times Guild members will receive a 3 percent bonus, and starting March 31, 2013, they will receive the first of three 2 percent annual raises. Starting in 2014, they become eligible for an incentive bonus of up to 2 percent, based on the same plan that covers upper managers, and which would have yielded a payout of 1.1 percent, based on its recent average. The contract expires on March 30, 2016.

The union’s president, Bill O’Meara, credited the Times staffers’ efforts in establishing a new contract.

“The level of engagement and activism among members at the Times has been greater than anything I’ve seen in my 24 years at the Guild,” O’Meara said, in a statement. “Without it, we would never have been able to accomplish what we did.”

Newspaper Guild Sends Letter to Sulzberger Packed with 560 Signatures

On December 23, the Newspaper Guild of New York posted an open letter criticizing Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for freezing pensions  — while giving departed CEO Janet Robinson hers early — and for not budging in negotiations. That letter now has 560 signatures from New York Times staffers and others, along with scathing comments to Sulzberger.

“We are extremely grateful, excited and heartened by the overwhelming response to the letter,” said Bill O’Meara, the guild’s President, in a note sent around calling for any last minute signatures.

The letter was sent to Sulzberger last night. A sample of one of the quotes added to it:

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New York Times Union Letter at Over 270 Signatures

The open letter sent by the New York Times’ union to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., protesting the recent moves that he has made, now has over 270 signatures. The letter, which can be viewed here, is currently endorsed by 272 Times staffers, including Howard Beck, Jeremy Peters, Andy NewmanGinia Bellafante and many more.

Bill O’Meara, the president of the union, told The Huffington Post that it could have been worse. “There were people who wanted to storm Arthur Sulzberger’s office,” said O’Meara. “There were people who wanted to stage a walkout.”

O’Meara said that plans to issue the letter and the signatures to Sulzberger at the end of the week, and he will also be publishing some searing comments the staffers made, if given permission. We’re sure those will make for a juicy read.

Newspaper Guild of New York Not Pleased with Janet Robinson’s Fat Fee

The Newspaper Guild of New York isn’t too happy with the huge “consulting fee” departing New York Times CEO Janet Robinson is getting next year. Buried in yesterday’s abrupt announcement that Robinson was leaving the paper was the news that she was getting a $4.5 million payment in 2012. As you can imagine, this struck the Guild as a bit odd, all things considered.

The Guild’s President, Bill O’Meara, told Romenesko that Robinson’s payment was a surprise, and “they’re not happy about that when the company is still demanding major givebacks, including a freeze in the pension plan.”

“They’re offering basically no raises and lots of cutbacks,” continued O’Meara. “They want people to work a longer work week with no increase in compensation.”

Newsweek Extends Buyout Offers To Editorial Staffers

While no Newsweek employees have been dismissed, WWD reports that many members of the magazine’s editorial department had their wishes granted and were asked to take voluntary buyouts yesterday.  Around one third of Newsweek’s 90 staffers, many of whom are believed to be members of the online team, have received buyout offers complete with at least four months of severance pay and additional compensation based on the length of their term with the company.  Newspaper Guild of New York president Bill O’Meara was involved in recent negotiations with Newsweek owner Sidney Harman and commented on what the future holds for the company and it’s workers.

There are no plans for layoffs.  Nobody has a crystal ball.…We’re all obviously very much hoping that Tina Brown’s plan will have a lot of success in the future and ultimately that’s where the jobs will [come from].  If it’s not successful, I guess we’ll see how it goes.

Newspaper Union Preparing to Fight for New York Times Employees

The Newspaper Guild of New York, a union that represents over 1,000 employees at the New York Times, is digging in its heels at cuts that have been proposed by the paper’s management.

A few days ago the union was given a contract proposal that they felt was completely unfair, so it has committed $1 million to rally public support for its members. The proposals asked the employees to accept wage cuts, health care fee increases and more.

Bill O’Meara, the Guild’s President, said that if they agreed to the paper’s demands, it would become a shell of its former self.

“The Times management’s contract proposals, as they stand now, would ruin the paper. They undermine the spirit and unique commitment of the many people who produce the Times and they will accelerate the brain drain that has already resulted in the departure of many talented journalists for better opportunities. Management is leading us to a future where the Times will be more of a content farm than a place for great journalism.”

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NYT, Union Discuss Voluntary Buyouts

nytco.pngA union representing New York Times employees sent a memo to members yesterday, detailing a meeting this week between New York guild members and Times management over cost cutting options.

“The meeting was part of a process that was agreed to in discussions between the union and company management last spring regarding the temporary 5 percent pay reduction that Guild members approved,” the memo, obtained by Romenesko, said.

One option discussed by the paper’s management and the union has been voluntary buyouts, which the guild’s leadership said they would agree to after the details are ironed out. According to the memo:

“In response to a proposal by New York Guild President Bill O’Meara, Times Senior Vice President of Operations and Labor Terry Hayes said the company would agree to offer a voluntary buyout. However, both also agreed that further discussions would be necessary to work out the parameters of the program, including such factors as eligibility, timing and the number of buyouts available. Hayes added that The Times was agreeable to a buyout ‘because the Guild and its members “stepped up” to help the newspaper’ by agreeing to the temporary pay reduction a few months ago.”

Times staffers agreed to a five percent pay cut back in March, but the memo added that salaries would be restored to their previous levels on January 1.

The Times has offered buyouts before, most recently in June 2008. And in addition to other cost cutting measures, the paper also laid off some employees last fall.

Read the full memo here.