Neither can we.
Just take a second and imagine facing that kind of cut to your income. It doesn’t matter how much you make, a pay cut of 18 percent is enough to change your lifestyle. That’s just crazy, right?
Yet, that’s what our employer, The Union Leader Corp. has proposed to us, the members of the Manchester Newspaper Guild. We are the workers at The New Hampshire Union Leader; the people who write and edit the news, take the photographs, sell and create the ads, handle your subscription and run unionleader.com.
It gets worse.
While calling for this huge pay cut, the company wants to more than double our health-care deductible. Could you afford that? Yeah. We can’t either.
We know the news industry is changing. We know changes must be made. When asked, and really needed, we’ve stepped up and helped our employer. Since, 2009, we’ve agreed to give back almost 15 percent of our pay. Yet, during 2009-2012, we’ve discovered, top executives’ base pay actually increased some years. And while our pay was cut 14% the last four years, managers at the Union Leader have only seen a 10 percent cut. While we’re being asked for another 18%, those managers haven’t been asked for another penny.
Where’s the fairness?
If we are forced to accept this new pay cut, that would mean we would have lost about 30 percent of our pay since 2009. It would leave us making what we made in 1995. That’s when gas cost $1.11 a gallon. A new car then would run you $13,600. A stamp only cost 32 cents.
Imagine. Could you live in today’s world on what you made in 1995? Neither can we.
That’s why we need your help. Please take a few seconds to sign our email petition elsewhere on this page, and tell Publisher Joe McQuaid to treat his workers with respect and to bargain a new contract in good faith. A contract that’s fair and acceptable to everyone. Or, give him a call at 668-4321, ext. 200. Or, tweet him a message to @deucecrew.
We appreciate your help.