I applaud and encourage the Florida Times-Union employees. I hope my local newspaper, the St. Augustine Record, follows the example of their colleagues in Jacksonville. Three cheers!
Greg • 20 hours ago
Worker's rights? Florida has already written these laws. Florida is an at will and right to work state. You can fire a union member or non union member any time for any reason and you can't be forced to join a union. Media unionization in Florida is largely ineffective.
The owners of a depreciating asset have every right in the world in the slash costs and cut staff whenever they choose. It is their company, not the journalist's or the outsider union's.
What does the sales staff at the Times-Union feel about a union? A union in the newsroom effects the whole company's finances. What about the marketing staff? What do they think? What will be the cost of having a third party labor union in the newsroom?
We don't know if other people in the company support a union because the only voices journalists at media companies give voice to is themselves.
Edward Adelbert Slavin Greg • 4 minutes ago
Is Greg a disgruntled employer? Sounds pretty uninformed. Faux Fox News viewer?
Dean Olsen Greg • 16 hours ago
Florida is a right-to-work state, but union members working under Guild contracts in Florida still can benefit from "just cause" protections when facing discipline or termination. That means Guild members, even in Florida, cannot be fired at any time or for any reason if their contracts contain "just cause" protections. Right-to-work means union contracts in Florida can't require that members of a bargaining unit join a union and pay dues. These non-dues-paying members still, by law, must receive any union-negotiated pay raises and fair-workplace protections such as "just cause." Right to work doesn't restrict any other terms of a union contract. Florida Times-Union newsroom employees simply want a formal voice in how they will be treated when working for a profitable newspaper.
Edward Adelbert Slavin Dean Olsen • 3 minutes ago
I applaud and encourage the T-U employees. I hope my local newspaper, the St. Augustine Record, follows the example of their colleagues in Jacksonville. Three cheers!