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NMG demands reinstatement of staffers fired over mistake

The News Media Guild told The Associated Press last week to reinstate Norm Gomlak and Bob Lewis or the Guild will take legal action. The two employees were fired without notice or dismissal pay because of their role in the reporting error involving a story about the Virginia governor’s race.

Lewis, a 28-year veteran who worked in the Richmond bureau, wrote the story and Gomlak of Atlanta, who has three years of service, edited it. Dena Potter, the Virginia news editor was also terminated, but the union does not represent managers so it is unable to assist her.

The company will respond to the union demand that the two be reinstated by Monday, Nov. 18. Continue reading

Guild makes health insurance proposal, fights firings of 2 staffers

The News Media Guild today proposed a health insurance plan that includes higher premiums and deductibles but does not include a high-deductible plan or coinsurance.

The Guild’s health insurance proposal would save the company $1 million in the first year, which would keep the company’s costs flat. It includes a 25 percent increase in the premium plan the first year and 8 percent, which is about market trend, for 2014-15. The Guild proposed the 25 percent increase to give employees a clear choice between a better premium plan or a less expensive basic plan rather than having almost no cost difference.

To see proposal, click here.

The Guild’s proposal includes the same increases for the technology unit, but based on its rates, which a health and welfare fund has subsidized for years. That fund is running out of money, and the Guild wants to raise the TU rates more slowly.

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