NHLN Fans, the Manchester Newspaper Guild needs our help. We need people to stand with the MNG and show our solidarity against the NH Union Leader and their horrendous contract proposals including an 18% pay reduction among other things. Details below in the Press Release from the MNG.
Manchester Newspaper Guild Plans Informational Picket To Protest Horrendous Contract Offer
Members of the Manchester Newspaper Guild — employees at The New Hampshire Union Leader — will take to the streets of downtown Manchester Sunday to protest a contract “Final Offer” from the newspaper that is one of the cruelest contract proposals ever.
Guild members will hold an informational picket and will leaflet outside The New Hampshire Union Leader’s annual sports banquet, “The Leaders: A Celebration of New Hampshire Sports Champions,” beginning at 11:15 a.m. in front of the Radisson Center of New Hampshire on Elm Street in downtown Manchester, the site of the banquet.
The Guild, which represents workers in the news, accounting, advertising, circulation, information technology and new media departments at The NH Union Leader and at Neighborhood News, was presented a contract proposal that includes an 18 percent, retroactive pay cut, a more than doubling of health insurance deductibles, elimination of job security language and a rehire list for laid-off employees, and an attack on the union’s ability to defend its members and the contract.
Since 2009, Guild members have already agreed to pay cuts totaling 14.63 percent, a longer work week, elimination of personal days, reductions in sick time, and increases in health insurance contributions. In addition, they have agreed to a freeze on severance and have taken two weeks unpaid furlough.
Currently, non-union and management employees have seen a smaller increase in health insurance deductibles but have not faced a pay cut.
Guild members in the newsroom are in the middle of a 10-day byline strike, and are withholding their bylines and credits from their stories and photographs to protest and bring attention to the draconian company proposal. The local also has created a web page at http://www.wtf-ul.org where the potential effects of the proposal are explained and where people may send an email or tweet to Union Leader publisher Joseph W. McQuaid.