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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.

The Guild argues that these issues come at a particularly difficult time for Thomson Reuters staff and are affecting morale. The letter ends with a hint that perhaps the company should ditch the third-party payroll service altogether.

We’ve reached out that service for comment. If they respond in a manner that is on-the-record, we’ll update the item below.

[H/T: Marty Chase]

[Image courtesy: nyguild.org]

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