Consumer Reports Guild Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement
For immediate release: April 12, 2022
CONSUMER REPORTS GUILD VOTES OVERWHELMINGLY TO RATIFY COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
The contract includes up to 12 weeks of parental leave at full pay, a $3k ratification bonus, and strong DEI policies.
NEW YORK - The Consumer Reports Guild, which represents over 250 workers at Consumer Reports Magazine and consumerreports.org, voted overwhelmingly to ratify their contract 192 to 4. The ratified collective bargaining agreement is for a five year term, and includes, among numerous highlights:
- 14.2% (compounded) in guaranteed wage increases over the life of the contract
- A $3,000 ratification bonus
- Up to 12 weeks of Parental Leave at full pay
- Creation of a joint labor-management Diversity Equity & Inclusion committee to provide meaningful input on increasing DEI within the workforce, including on hiring practices and recruitment structures.
- Expanded use (up to 84 hours) of paid sick time to cover additional personal and family medical obligations
- Expanded jurisdiction that is now nationwide. Previous jurisdiction included only the Yonkers facility.
“I'm extremely proud of the bargaining committee and the support that our Guild colleagues have given us during two often acrimonious years of bargaining,” said Richard Handel, Unit Chair, Consumer Reports. “From the start, we fought back against management’s retrogressive proposals and piddly wage offers. As a result, I'm happy to say we got to a good contract. We can’t wait for all our union colleagues to benefit from the strong policies they’ve collectively fought so hard to win.”
Consumer Reports is a consumer advocacy organization that provides information on a broad range of products and services. The Consumer Reports Guild has been represented by The NewsGuild of New York since 1951.
“The contracts we win are a direct reflection of the power we build. Our members at the Consumer Reports Guild were steadfast in their demands despite a difficult two years of bargaining, and now they have secured benefits and policies that will improve the lives of workers for years to come” said Susan DeCarava, President, The NewsGuild of New York. “Their fight to improve wages, expand jurisdiction and guarantee that all of their colleagues receive the rights and benefits of working under a collective bargaining agreement is an inspiration.”
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