|Memphis Newspaper Guild|
Reduction in Force Rumors Confirmed
Dear Memphis Newspaper Guild Member,
With sadness and regret, I must inform you that the Memphis Newspaper Guild was notified today, Tuesday morning, by The Commercial Appeal that 9 Guild covered employees will lose their jobs by Dec. 20 as part of a reduction in force. The company, confirming rumors that had been swirling for the last few months, said job reductions would be made to cut expenses and achieve efficiencies in the business.
The company said names of affected employees could be released to the guild later today.
Management gave this breakdown in cuts in guild-covered jobs by department: 1 in editorial, 2 in accounting, 2 in online services, 1 in advertising, 3 in operations. No information was provided on cuts of non-guild-covered employees, although it is our understanding the reduction is building-wide.
This notification begins dialogue between the Guild and the company designed to avoid unnecessary hardships, as provided in our collective bargaining agreement. We stand ready to advocate on the affected employees’ behalf to make sure they receive proper credit for unused vacation/holiday time and other benefits.
Employees have a right to guild representation in meetings with the company regarding these matters. I and other members of the guild executive board will make ourselves available.
Once the guild obtains the list, the information will be shared with affected employees on a strictly confidential basis. Call me at (901) 481-1829 (mobile) if you want to ask if you are on the list.
The Guild will host an informal get together for the affected employees from 6:30 to 8:30pm next Tuesday, December 13th at the Trolley Stop Market. We are also looking at having a meeting Saturday, December 17th at Emerge Memphis with a professional to assist in the job searching techniques.
Here are some things from the contract to keep in mind:
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