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Re: “The Northeast Ohio Media Group Is Hiring for All The Positions That Were Literally Just Cut

Here's a side story to the Plain Dealer layoffs:
What sadly got no coverage was the recent unjust layoff of all employees of THE CLEVELAND CITIZEN, a 150 year old labor newspaper. The paper is owned by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents the building trades unions. Subscribers of the paper are trade union members. Former employees of the paper were denied union membership, yet the paper was required to be printed by union printers, and advertisers were carefully scrutinized to be sure they were using union labor if available.

The employees of The Citizen were underpaid, getting much much less than union wages (a little above minimum wage), no health care, regular raises or other union benefits. They were let go after 10-15 years employment through no fault of their own, all because a company with union ties (BMA) took over their jobs. They were deemed ineligible for unemployment and did not receive any severance pay. How’s that for union hypocrisy? These people have been plunged into poverty, and are now desperately looking for jobs, but it is difficult if one has no income and cannot afford to keep the phone and internet on. Or put food on the table.

Unions are always complaining about jobs being shipped overseas, yet these jobs were shipped across town. SHAME on the Building Trades and the unions who turned their heads when these loyal and hard working employees were discarded like yesterday’s trash. Maybe iIf these employees were allowed to be union members, they never would have been treated this way.

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Posted by Sam Lake on 08/06/2013 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Sammy's Employee: 'We Are All Out of a Job'

Sorry to all the Sammy's employees who were screwed over in this fashion. They probably weren't allowed to join a union. Here's an interesting side note:

What sadly got no coverage was the recent unjust layoff of all employees of THE CLEVELAND CITIZEN, a 150 year old labor newspaper. The paper is owned by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents the building trades unions. Subscribers of the paper are trade union members.

Former employees of the paper were denied union membership, yet the paper was required to be printed by union printers, and advertisers were carefully scrutinized to be sure they were using union labor if available. The employees of The Citizen were underpaid, getting much much less than union wages (a little above minimum wage), no health care, regular raises or other union benefits. They were let go after 10-15 years employment through no fault of their own, all because a company with union ties (BMA) took over their jobs. They were deemed ineligible for unemployment and did not receive any severance pay. How’s that for union hypocrisy? These people have been plunged into poverty, and are now desperately looking for jobs, but it is difficult if one has no income and cannot afford to keep the phone and internet on. Or put food on the table.

Unions are always complaining about jobs being shipped overseas, yet these jobs were shipped across town.
SHAME on the Building Trades and the unions who turned their heads when these loyal and hard working employees were discarded like yesterday’s trash. If these employees were allowed to be union members, they never would have been treated this way.
Unions want to get paid big bucks, but won't pay fair wages to the people who work for them.

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Posted by Sam Lake on 08/06/2013 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Plain Dealer Announces Home Delivery Cuts, New 'Media Group'

Here's a side story to the Plain Dealer layoffs:

What sadly got no coverage was the recent unjust layoff of all employees of THE CLEVELAND CITIZEN, a 150 year old labor newspaper. The paper is owned by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents the building trades unions. Subscribers of the paper are trade union members.

Former employees of the paper were denied union membership, yet the paper was required to be printed by union printers, and advertisers were carefully scrutinized to be sure they were using union labor if available. The employees of The Citizen were underpaid, getting much much less than union wages (a little above minimum wage), no health care, regular raises or other union benefits. They were let go after 10-15 years employment through no fault of their own, all because a company with union ties (BMA) took over their jobs. They were deemed ineligible for unemployment and did not receive any severance pay. How’s that for union hypocrisy? These people have been plunged into poverty, and are now desperately looking for jobs, but it is difficult if one has no income and cannot afford to keep the phone and internet on. Or put food on the table.

Unions are always complaining about jobs being shipped overseas, yet these jobs were shipped across town.
SHAME on the Building Trades and the unions who turned their heads when these loyal and hard working employees were discarded like yesterday’s trash. If these employees were allowed to be union members, they never would have been treated this way.

Posted by Sam Lake on 08/06/2013 at 4:01 PM

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