The Indy News Guild is getting ready to head back to the bargaining table with Gannett management this Thursday and Friday. We have been able to partially reconstitute our team and get everyone up to speed for the sessions. The sessions will include a federal mediator whose role, we hope, will be to guide us toward a fair contract — and take that contract proposal to membership for an eventual vote.
In the meantime, to help the team fully understand the wishes of our layoff-hammered unit, we put together a confidential, internal-use-only 10-question online survey that went to duespayers. [If you are a duespayer and this is news to you, email us back at this address so we can get your input.]
As a side note, we have contacted the National Labor Relations Board in Indianapolis and made an unfair labor practice charge against Gannett. It is our contention that the company prematurely submitted to us a “last, best and final offer” as a punitive action to our refusing to meet on certain days.
We will keep you posted. Please stay involved. And be sure to wear your lanyards, or red, on Thursday and Friday!