On Tuesday, July 28 the non-newsroom bargaining committee met with management and received the company’s proposal to outsource all finance and metro home delivery work.
Under the finance proposal all eight remaining positions would be eliminated no sooner than Jan. 31, 2016. The company proposes to meet with the Guild 60 days prior to implementation and negotiate the effects outsourcing would have on the employees scheduled to be displaced, meaning they are willing to negotiate a separation package at a later date.
Under the metro home delivery proposal, the company would gain the right to outsource the work of the current 24 District Managers and 21 Assistant District Managers. As proposed by management, the most likely model for subcontracting the work would be to contract with 13 or so “Super Agents” that would each manage 20,000 to 40,000 customers. The Super Agent subcontractors would not be employees. They would be paid a set amount of money to get the papers delivered and would be responsible for hiring their own employees, contracting their own carriers and handling pay and bookkeeping for their distributorship. The rollout would be in phases over a three- to six-month period. Displaced employees would receive full severance and the equivalent of three months of medical insurance subsidy.
The Guild committee asked several questions about each proposal and expressed doubt about the wisdom of the planned outsourcing. Guild representatives notified the company that if the union was to entertain the outsourcing of finance, the separation terms and all other conditions would need to be negotiated in these contract negotiations, not at a later date. The Guild notified the company that a list of questions concerning the company’s proposal will be submitted and the union will present counter-proposals at the next bargaining session, scheduled for Aug. 19.
Guild Non-newsroom Bargaining Committee: Paulette Shrefler, Kathy Rudolph, Laurie Faliano, Sam DeLeo, Kristin Baldwin, Kelly Mortensen, Steve Wielgosz, Chris Wint, Cheryl Schmid and Theresa Burt, Tony Mulligan, Richard Rosenblatt.