People often ask: What has the Guild done? Well, more than most realize. Over the term of the last contract, the Guild has:
- Improved the buyout (VRIP) pensions supplements by an average $950 annually
- Increased eligibility for the 2006 and 2008 buyouts, including health insurance for some part-time employees
- Improved the terms of the buyouts
- Saved members’ jobs through the grievance and arbitration system
- Met with Post management to resolve problems concerning shift schedules, health benefits, part-time hours, the PAS system, Leave Manager, posting of jobs, performance management system
- Sought compensation for Post members contributions to Washington Post Radio and The Onion.
- What’s more in the past few years, the Guild has discreetly worked behind the scenes as an advocate — and provided legal assistance when necessary — for about 30 employees who were pressured by the company to quit. In some of those cases, the Guild helped employees fight to keep their jobs. In other instances, the Guild assisted in negotiating individual resignations that included enhanced severance pay and extended health coverage.
Of course, with all that being said, the Guild wants to do more.