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Time Inc. Labor Negotiations Break Down [Updated]

time-inc-logo1The Newspaper Guild of New York, which represents about 600 200 Time Inc. staffers, has announced that labor negotiations with the publishing giant have broken down.

The main sticking point? Time Inc. wants to outsource more than 100 jobs. Bill O’Meara, the Guild’s president, issued a strong statement attacking Time Inc.’s plans.

“Time Inc.’s proposal to hollow out its own company is simply not acceptable,” said O’Meara. “Management wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas, which would be a massive blow to some of the nation’s most important and respected magazines. Many of Time Inc.’s proposals are not only outrageous, we believe they’re illegal. We are filing charges over these labor law violations to force management to return to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith.”

According to the Guild, Time Inc. is claiming that negotiations have now reached a legal impasse, which the Guild disputes.

Update (6:30 pm):
Time Inc. has issued the following statement:

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Thomson Reuters CEO Gets an Earful from Newspaper Guild

Chris Roush over at Talking Biz News has a copy of the email recently sent to Thomson Reuters CEO James Smith by The Newspaper Guild of New York.

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It’s not a bad idea to start off such a missive with a little sarcasm, and thus, the Guild begins by asking “Jim” – ‘Are your paychecks being processed correctly? Because ours aren’t.’ After dropping in a second comical reference to the recent polar vortex, the Guild gets down to complaints business:

Just last week, some Guild members were told that due to a “technical issue,” overtime and differentials will not be paid until the next pay period…

This latest example of payroll incompetence follows major errors in 2012 and 2013 when Guild-covered employees were either over- or underpaid by significant amounts, and were (again) not paid for approved overtime. Guild representatives also are reporting an increase in the number of individual payroll errors, particularly for overtime and time off.

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NYT Staffers Walk Out: ‘We’re just looking for a fair contract’

This afternoon around 3:30, about 375 New York Times staffers walked out in an effort to protest management’s handling of contract negotiations. “We’re trying to save the essence of The New York Times,” said Metro columnist Michael Powell. Staffers wore stickers that read “Believe us.” and walked from the building’s 40th St. entrance, up Eighth Ave. to the entrance on 41st St. Read more

Newspaper Guild Writes Open Letter to Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

Just like we thought, the Newspaper Guild of New York has something to say about recently departed New York Times Company CEO Janet Robinson getting her full pension two years before she was eligible to get it. The union published an open letter to Arthur Sulzberger Jr. demanding that if Robinson was getting her pension, then he should drop the pension freeze on all guild members.

A note announcing the union’s position begins, “The last 24 hours have brought stunning news about several recent decisions by Arthur — moves that have angered and dismayed those of us who work for the Times and care about its direction.”

The entire letter is available below and at Saveourtimes.com.

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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.”