DENVER POST MANAGEMENT and representatives of the Guild non-newsroom unit met Thursday afternoon in the opening session of collective bargaining. In this first session, each side presented a big-picture explanation of the areas of the contract they want to address.
The company identified three key issues:
- The roll of seniority in the layoff process
- The ability to consolidate work within MediaNews, or to subcontract work
- The 401(k) match
The union presented a list of issues and explained that a majority of the contract changes sought are restoration of items given up in the current contract including:
- Additional sick days
- A 40 hour workweek for all full-time employees
- Holiday pay for part-time employees
Both sides indicated there are additional issues they would like to discuss.
We are scheduled to meet again Friday, Jan. 20.