Local and Unit News
July 24, 2014
EL DIARIO - The Guild asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to seek an emergency court order to require ImpreMedia and El Diario management to reinstate eight illegally fired Guild members, pending the outcome of our dispute over their dismissals. The request follows new information that the company has continued to hire at least eight nonunion employees, in addition to disputed nonunion hires it made before it laid off Guild journalists and other employees on June 13. The new hires are doing Guild-represented work, including the work of the employees who were fired. Management had claimed it was “forced” to make the cuts due to a “challenging business environment.”
July 22, 2014
SCHOLASTIC - The National Labor Relations Board recently told Scholastic that it intended to dismiss an unfair labor practice charge management filed against the Guild for refusing to sign an agreement that did not reflect the terms and conditions that were agreed to at the bargaining table on June 17, 2013. Rather than having the NLRB dismiss its baseless ULP charge, Scholastic withdrew it.
July 15, 2014
CONSUMERS UNION - Dawn Yancy, assistant treasurer of the Consumers Union Guild unit, will face John McAloon, a unit vice chairperson, in a mail-ballot election to fill the vacant Unit Council position of first vice chairperson. Ballots are set to be sent to all Consumers Union Guild members on Thursday and collected from the Guild’s post office box on Aug. 11.
July 14, 2014
THOMSON REUTERS - Every Guild-covered employee who was on the Thomson Reuters payroll on July 7 will receive a share of $1 million, the last for four annual payments totaling $7.6 million that were provided in our current contract. Only those employed in Guild-covered positions on July 7 are eligible.
July 29, 2014
The New York Times added 32,000 digital subscribers in the second quarter of 2014, the company reported today. The number was driven by its new products — the NYT Now and NYT Opinion apps and the new Times Premier subscription tier.
Paid digital-only subscribers now total 831,000, the company said. Revenue from those subscriptions jumped 13.5 percent, to $41.7 million, from the same period a year ago. Total circulation revenue increased 1.4 percent.
The company’s total revenue fell 0.6 percent to $388.7 million. While digital ad revenue increased 3.4 percent, the Times reported, that was again not nearly enough to offset a print ad revenue decrease of 6.6 percent. Overall ad revenue declined 4.1 percent.
July 29, 2014
- The newspaper business lost 1,300 employees last year: “The overall revenue figure, as measured by the Newspaper Association of America, was down 2.6 percent in 2013, close to an even match with the percentage of news job cuts for the year,” Rick Edmonds writes. (Poynter) | One small bright spot: Minority employment was up, after years of stagnating. (Poynter)
- An update on First Look Media: “We have definitely rethought some of our original ideas and plans,” Pierre Omidyar writes. (First Look Media) | Jay Rosen: “For First Look the way to a large user base isn’t ‘one big flagship website’ or an ‘everything you need to know’ news app to go up against, say, the Guardian or npr.org.” (PressThink) | Mathew Ingram: “More than anything else, what Omidyar is describing sounds like a real-time journalism lab, one that will test out different ways of interacting with readers around a topic — albeit a lab that happens to have a quarter of a billion dollars behind it.” (Gigaom)
- Margot Adler, R.I.P.
July 29, 2014
Minority employees accounted for a little more than 13 percent newsrooms in 2013, according to a new survey by the American Society of News Editors. That’s a percentage point higher than last year’s census, which suggested diversity efforts had stagnated at the newsrooms ASNE surveys, which include many daily newspapers and this year more than 100 online-only publications.
The percentage of minority employees in this year’s census, 13.34, is “nearly as high as the record of 13.73 percent in 2006,” ASNE says. The industry added about 200 more full-time minority employees in 2013. That gain is a rare, if small, bit of good news in an otherwise somber report, which, as my coworker Rick Edmonds writes, shows an industry-wide loss of 1,300 jobs.… Read more
July 28, 2014
The number of minorities at radio stations reached a ’90s-era high, and women news directors in TV reached an all-time high according to the latest report, released Monday afternoon, from RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey.
Still, as far as minorities are concerned, the bigger picture remains unchanged. In the last 24 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 11 points; but the minority workforce in TV news is up less than half that (4.6), and the minority workforce in radio is up 2.2.
Some other points from the report:
– In TV news, minorities made up more than 22 percent of total employment, marking a 13 year high.
– Smaller stations have more minorities.
– On TV, “For the first time, black women outnumber black men.… Read more