Graydon Royce, Local 37002′s president since 2009, tonight guided the members and the Executive Committee through his final Membership Meeting as Local president.
President Graydon Royce receives a plaque from his successor, Janet Moore, at the Dec. 9 Membership Meeting.
Royce, the Star Tribune’s longtime theater critic, was the co-chair of the Star Tribune unit in February 2009 when he took over the reins as head of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild. He successfully guided the Local through rocky financial times and challenges in its large units, as the Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press both went through bankruptcy.
Incoming Local President Janet Moore, a fellow Stribber, presented Royce with a plaque during the Membership Meeting in honor of his dedication and service to the Local. CWA District 7 Organizing Coordinator Jeff Lacher, who attended the meeting to lead a discussion on organizing, offered his approval during the presentation. Afterward, those in attendance enjoyed Royce’s favorite desert, apple pie.
Members of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild on Dec. 9 will discuss how organizing will shape our future at the Local’s Quarterly Membership Meeting. If we are to grow and maintain our strength, we will have to build our membership.
Plan to attend the Quarterly Membership Meeting and participate in the discussion on organizing, led by CWA District 7 Organizing Coordinator Jeff Lacher.
The Membership Meeting is at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in the lower level conference room at the MN Guild office building, 2855 Anthony Lane S., St. Anthony, MN 55418.
As most of us learned today, the St. Paul Pioneer Press plans to shut down and sell its production plant at 1 Ridder Circle and contract with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to print the newspaper. It is indeed a sad day for our brothers and sisters who are members of Teamsters locals GCC/IBT 29C, GCC/IBT 1M and IBT 120, and who comprise almost all of the pool of employees slated for layoff as a result of the shutdown.
The plant closing in early 2014 will affect 170 Pioneer Press employees, mostly members of the three Teamsters locals who work as pressmen, platemakers and mailers. The plant closing will also result in the layoff of two of the five Guild-represented employees at the facility – a warehouse worker and a receiving clerk. The remaining three Guild maintenance workers will transfer to 345 Cedar in downtown St. Paul. Teamsters delivery drivers and Guild circulation employees will not be affected by the closing of the production plant.
The layoffs will represent the loss of hundreds of years of service from union members to the Pioneer Press.
An ongoing dispute between the Interpreters Unit of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild and Hennepin County Medical Center was resolved today when the hospital signed an agreement that addresses key issues of video remote interpreting (VRI). The Guild and HCMC agreed to terms Thursday on the eve of today’s first bargaining session in negotiations for a new contract for the Collective Bargaining Agreement that expires Dec. 31.
Interpreters were incensed last month when HCMC management abruptly informed the Union it was refusing to bargain to a written agreement over the effects of the implementation of VRI. The management decision led to a mass mobilization effort by Interpreters, who pinned on unique red buttons with a QR code that linked to the Interpreters page on the Guild website. Interpreters also continued to wear red on Wednesdays in support of in-person interpreting and rallied twice outside the hospital to call attention to management’s refusal to bargain. The Union stepped up the pressure last week when it asked a Hennepin County judge for an emergency order to stop the implementation of VRI and to require HCMC to bargain over the issue. As part of the agreement, the Union will dismiss the unfair labor practice court complaint. A hearing in the case was scheduled for Monday morning.
The Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Hennepin County Medical Center for the hospital’s refusal to bargain with Interpreters over the effects of the implementation of video remote interpreting (VRI). The Guild is asking a Hennepin County judge to issue a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction to stop the implementation of VRI until HCMC management bargains in good faith with the Union. Under Minnesota’s public employment law, or PELRA, unions are required to file an unfair labor practice complaint in court and seek injunctive relief. In the private sector, unions file unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board.
HCMC Interpreters express solidarity by wearing red every Wednesday.
The leadership of the Interpreters Unit of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild today met with HCMC management to discuss the status of casual Interpreters who have consistently worked beyond the 20-hour per week threshold at which they become eligible for benefits.
The Guild, citing Article 23 of the labor agreement, requested HCMC adjust the employment status from casual to permanent for 13 casual Interpreters whose work brought them over the threshold during the first seven months of 2013. Management representatives said they first have to review the needs of the Interpreter Services Department in terms of hours and languages before the employment status adjustments can be made. That process is expected to take two weeks, so the Guild will revisit the issue Nov. 22.
The Star Tribune unit of the Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild elected a new leadership team Thursday. Their two-year terms begin Jan. 1.
Mike Kaszuba and Mike Hughlett were elected co-chairs of the unit, which represents about 250 employees in the Newsroom, Promotions and Circulation at the state’s largest newspaper and website.
Kaszuba has been a reporter at the Star Tribune for nearly 34 years, mostly covering local government and now sports business. Hughlett has been a business reporter at the Star Tribune for nearly four years, and has reported extensively on labor issues over his 27 years in journalism.
Five vice chairs were elected, as well. They are: Reporters David Chanen and Kelly Smith, TV critic Neal Justin, Niche Products Editor Christy DeSmith, and Features Designer Cindy Dickison.
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