Guild Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely briefs the press about El Diario's union busting tactics.
Local and Unit News
August 21, 2014
FORWARD - The Guild and the Forward Association have reached a tentative agreement for Guild-represented employees in the Editorial and Business Departments, and at the Yiddish Forward. The Guild Bargaining Committee is unanimously recommending that members approve the tentative deal.
August 19, 2014
EL DIARIO - Former employees, community activists, labor leaders and Guild representatives all gathered on the steps on City Hall to demand an end to the illegal firings and threats by ImpreMedia management against union-represented workers at the media company.
August 14, 2014
EL DIARIO - ImpreMedia CEO Francisco Seghezzo told El Diario Guild members last week that investors have been contributing $500,000 a year since 2012 in an effort to raise the paper's circulation, and that while ImpreMedia's finances are “in a complicated situation,” he “doesn’t think El Diario has a bleak future” -- a far cry from his June 24 assessment that El Diario is “almost broke.”
August 12, 2014
CONSUMERS UNION - Dawn Yancy, assistant treasurer of the Consumers Union Guild unit, was narrowly elected over John McAloon, as the unit’s first vice chairperson. Yancy, an operations associate, received 70 votes in a special election to fill the vacant position. McAloon a unit vice chairperson who works as a test project leader, received 64 votes.
August 29, 2014
A&E Networks will pay $250 million for a 10 percent stake in Vice Media, a deal that values the company at 2.5 billion, Paul Bond wrote in The Hollywood Reporter Friday.
Earlier in the day, Time Warner dropped its bid to purchase a stake in Vice Media, a deal reportedly fell through because the two companies could not agree how much Vice Media was worth, Jonathan Mahler wrote for The New York Times. He wrote one possible outcome for the deal might have included giving Vice control of HLN, a network owned by Time Warner that has seen flagging ratings recently.
August 29, 2014
The Intercept debuted a new look Friday, shrinking its navigation bar, adding a pageview counter and reconfiguring the homepage layout.
The new design allows readers to see more content — one prominent story and four secondary stories — without having to scroll.
Here’s a look at the transformation:
The new icon next to the tally of comments for each story indicates how many pageviews the article received. The new feature is meant to help readers choose between stories, said John Cook, editor-in-chief at the Intercept.
“Gawker publishes traffic data, so does Business Insider,” Cook said. “It’s an easy way for readers to gauge which stories on the front page might be more interesting.”
Also new is a “most popular” sidebar that stays frozen on the left side of the page as users scroll:
Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald referred to the redesign as “stage 1,” on Twitter, implying that more change might be on the way:
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August 29, 2014
If you’re feeling swamped at work these days, you’re not alone. I’m not talking “I don’t get to go out for lunch very often” busy. I mean “I’m buried in work, never fully off the clock and still feel I’m letting people down” busy. I hear it regularly from the managers I teach and coach.
It’s a function of the downsized staffing but increased demands and responsibilities in changing organizations.
The story is familiar: to hit budget numbers, the company cuts head count but leaves fully intact the expectation of quality, service and measurable results. (I’ll give CNN president Jeff Zucker credit. Referencing the depressing specter of buyouts and layoffs, he didn’t try to spin it as some great opportunity for the survivors to work smarter, not harder.… Read more
August 29, 2014
- Ask him about his cholesterol: The nation’s only full-time barbecue editor — no, he doesn’t weigh 400 pounds — understands why readers are obsessed with his health: “My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, one of the fattiest cuts on the steer. And I can’t forget to order the pork ribs, sausage, and beef ribs,” Daniel Vaughn writes. Former Texas Monthly editor in chief Jake Silverstein says Vaughn has “figured out how to make the barbecue lifestyle compatible with staying above ground.” (Texas Monthly)
- What to do when you’re arrested: Whether it happened in Ferguson or elsewhere, first you should call the station where you were booked to get your arrest report.