Emergency Guild meeting

Dateline: Fri 16 Jan 2009

Show some solidarity....get out tomorrow and support your local Guild, the union that represents 200 or so workers at the Indianapolis Star.

Here is the latest, from the Guild's website:

"Jan. 16, 2009

Attention! Please spread the word!

*** MEETING & VOTE FROM 4 to 5 PM TODAY and 11 AM to 1 PM SATURDAY at

Indy News Guild headquarters (Musicians Hall across from the Star

parking garage) at 325 N. Delaware St. ***

The Indianapolis News Guild met with today with Star management, which

is now officially requesting the bargaining unit -- that's all of you

-- to agree to be part of the company-wide furlough. They want the

Guild's answer by 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19.

If the Guild says "no" (see attached letter) the Star promises

immediate layoffs of an unspecified number of union members. If the

Guild says "yes" to their request, then starting Monday supervisors

will begin the process of scheduling 5 unpaid off days -- with health

benefits - -but without pay for 40 hours through March 28.

The company cannot guarantee that there won't also be layoffs this

quarter -- although it is highly unlikely. The company also declined

to show the Guild financial details that would prove that we are in as

dire straits as they claim. And they will consider freelance

opportunities on a case-by-case basis (you'll have to directly make

the request to a supervisor for consideration). Corporate also

declined our alternative proposals that would take into account

financial hardship. Officers are withholding an endorsement of the

furlough. Instead, we are now providing 24-hour notice that a VOTE

WILL BE TAKEN that will determine our response to the company.

To accomplish this, from 4 to 5 p.m. TODAY and from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

SATURDAY, the Guild will conduct a SECRET BALLOT vote of ALL

DUES-PAYING members (no e-mail, sorry). You need to physically come to

the Musicians Hall and simply circle "YES" or "NO" on a ballot to the

furlough offer, then stuff it in a secured election box. We'll have

stewards (or members of the unit) count the ballots as of 1 p.m.

Saturday to ensure impartiality and get the answer to the company by

10 a.m. Monday. Per our bylaws in accordance with the Communications

Workers of America, you HAVE to be a dues-paying member to VOTE, but

if you aren't and would LIKE TO SIGN UP, we'll have forms available on

the spot.

Please feel free to contact any of us for additional questions or

problems. We'll work with you.

Tom Spalding, interim president 340-7836/c

Vic Ryckaert, vice president 796-9678

Sylvia Halladay, v.p. 465-0190

Geoff Ooley, 361-8608

Adam Yates, 444-8218"

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