A takeback pushed through by The Washington Post during the last round of contract negotiations is fueling a push for union membership at the Washington Baltimore News Guild.
Under the new contract, the Post no longer gives additional pay to workers who take on additional responsibilities for a higher job classification on a part-time basis.
This can mean as much as a 15-percent pay cut, according to unit co-chair Frederick Kunkle, who reminded Post workers that “the wisest way to preserve important benefits – and possibly achieve better terms and benefits in the future – is to work together. Collective bargaining is only as strong as the people who join together to push the company to do right by its employees.”
On today’s labor calendar, there are four – count ‘em, four – labor phonebanks today in the DMV, including one at the AFL-CIO that’s calling in to battleground states across the country; for complete details, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1986, Ed Meese, attorney general in the Reagan administration, urged employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs.
Today’s labor quote is by writer Sebastian Junger, from his book “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.” Sebastian Junger, who wrote:
“Human beings need three basic things in order to be content: they need to feel competent at what they do; they need to feel authentic in their lives; and they need to feel connected to others. These values are considered ‘intrinsic’ to human happiness and far outweigh ‘extrinsic’ values such as beauty, money and status.”
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