About

THE UNION
Indianapolis News Guild Local No. 34070 is a member in good standing of The Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America, and is affiliated with the Great Lakes District chapter. We’re also members of the AFL-CIO and the Central Indiana Labor Council. The Guild represents 60 full-time employees of the Indianapolis Star, a Gannett newspaper. Officers serve three-year, unpaid terms. The next elections are July, 2019.

OFFICERS
President, vacant. Vice presidents, Tony Cook and Robert Scheer. Treasurer, Mark Alesia. Secretary, Emily Poylio.

HISTORY OF THE GUILD
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild was chartered in 1936, and has had a contract since 1937. The original contract was three pages long and  only covered the newsroom. The jobs that have always been covered are the following: librarian, copy messenger, copy editor, reporter,  photographer. The only two jobs that have not changed their name in the past 70 years  are reporter and photographer. In 1947, the janitors were added to the Guild.  Maids were added to the contract in 1950, at a lower pay scale.  In 1972, the maids and the  janitors were combined to a single classification with a single pay scale, and  were called cleaning personnel. In 1972, the maids and the janitors were  combined into a single classification of “cleaning personnel” with a single pay scale, which was slightly higher than either maids or janitors had been getting. The department is now  called building services. The Guild eventually covered many employees who worked for the  Indianapolis Star, including display advertising, classified advertising,  circulation, business office, and promotion department.  In the late 1970s, several departments decertified from the Guild, leaving just the newsroom and building services. Now, the newsroom is called the Information Center, and the Guild  covers all non-managers who work in the Information Center, including online  producers and multi-media editors. The Guild contract has always covered wages and hours.  Our current  contract also covers outside activity, seniority, benefits, vacation, PL days. In 1951, an arbitration option was added to our contract. That means  that if there was a dispute that wasn’t settled after a grievance was filed,  the Guild could take the dispute to an impartial arbitrator — rather than having to consider going on strike. In 1994, a no-strike / no lockout  clause was added to the contract, meaning that as long as there is a contract  or a contract is being bargained, there will be no strikes and no lockouts.   This particular Guild has never gone on strike or been locked out. Before 1937, there wasn’t overtime pay. Now, you get overtime pay at  the rate of time-and-a-half for working over 40 hours in a week, and by contract, you also get overtime pay for working over 8 hours in a day. Current contract also includes an option for working four 10-hour days  per week, with overtime for those people if they should work over 10 hours  in one day. There is also a call-back provision in our contract, meaning  that if you leave work after a full shift and get called back to work,  you’ll get a minimum of 3 1/2 hours of overtime pay (even if you don’t work 3 1/2 hours). Days off must be regular and consecutive, and you get two weeks notice if your days off are changed. In 2011, page design work was moved to the Gannett Design Center in Louisville and, in 2016, copy editing work was moved there as well. Since 2014, the Guild has been obtaining health insurance coverage for its members through the United Furniture Workers Insurance and Pension Funds — a move that has lowered costs and improved benefits for members.