MANAGEMENT AND NEWSROOM Guild representatives met twice this week to continue collective bargaining talks.
We picked up where we left off and discussed YourHub compensation and mentoring, as well as coordination of YourHub and Denver Post content, but did not arrive at any decisions. We agreed to revisit the topics in a later session.
The bulk of our discussions this week involved how the company would handle layoffs, if they become necessary. Management would like to be able to use criteria other than seniority, as is mandated by our current contract. We talked about the company’s concern that employees remaining after a layoff are the ones best able to do the remaining work. The management team proposed a mechanism, currently in use at the San Jose Mercury News, that uses several factors in any layoff decisions. The factors include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to do the remaining work
- Longevity with the company
- Productivity and performance
- Past disciplinary issues
- Ability to learn new skills
We will continue to explore this issue, including other options, at length in future bargaining sessions.
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Our next bargaining session will be Feb. 15.