At exactly 4pm this afternoon, a creaking of chairs could be heard across the 3rd floor of 36 Cooper Square, and then an eerie silence as over 50 union employees and sympathizers walked off the job at the Village Voice, as a sign of dissatisfaction over the lack of movement by management at the bargaining table. Their contract expires tonight at midnight.
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Voice staffers take to Tumblr to publicize strike efforts.
June 28, 2011: For immediate release
The current three-year contract between Village Voice Media and UAW Local 2110, representing the workers of The Village Voice, expires midnight June 30. The membership has unanimously passed a strike authorization vote.
Over the past three years, the Voice staff has been cut by an estimated 60%, and average annual salaries have markedly diminished. Management has so far played hardball with the union, refusing to make an offer, while demanding extensive concessions from the newspaper’s staff, including a substantial, ever-increasing contribution to an inferior health plan, as well as the elimination of management’s own contribution to employees’ retirement accounts. The union membership sees the quality of their medical coverage as the critical issue. “That’s why I came to work here,” said one staff writer. “The health insurance is the one thing that made low wages bearable.”
In the event of a work stoppage, writers, bloggers, photographers, editors, designers, and sales staff—as well as former Voice staff members and other supporters—will be publishing an alternate website,TheRealVoice.org, where readers will find the same high-quality writing there that they currently enjoy in the paper and on Voice blogs.
A strike benefit will be held on Wednesday, June 29, at Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-384-4586), featuring the bands Fort Lean, K-Holes, and Alan Watts. The suggested $10 donation will go to the Village Voice Strike Fund.Voice alumni, including many distinguished writers and editors, are expected to attend.
“I’m not an angry guy. There’s just a lot to be outraged about.”
In the Sunday Times: For Wayne Barrett, Digging for Dirt Has Never Stopped.
Fantastic profile of a dying breed of journalist.
————— Forwarded message —————
From: Foster Kamer
Date: Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 1:12 PM
Subject: i need you to call me
To: Joe Coscarelli
office: 212-475-1900. we have the opportunity to do something very exciting.
And so this thing started. Tony came over to my desk, asked me if I had anything, and that was the first thing I did when he walked away. More on that in a second.
Why gossip? Because it was interesting to us, we were writing what we know, and we felt like we could
(A) Get it correct,
(B) Do a story that would satisfy people who were already familiar with the topic as well as — and more importantly — reach a wider audience with a topic that’s often in their periphery without much thought to it otherwise while
(C) Making it pretty entertaining, too. You can’t do a story about gossip without a little gossip in it. I mean, you could, but it wouldn’t be as much fun as this.
This is one of the best things I’ve read, about a subject that I (until now) knew little about. It’s a lotta text, but don’t be discouraged; it’s worth it.
Afternoon reading material.