Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Two Job Openings at the Daily News

As one of the provisions of the contract, whenever a job comes open in the newsroom, they notify me as the guild steward so I can spread the word to members interested in applying. They also hold the jobs for 10 days to give anyone interested internally to get together an application. These are the same positions posted on the wall next to our bulletin board by the copier, but if you miss 'em there, I'm going to start posting them to the blog just to let as many people know as possible.

So here ya go:
1.) Features Copy Desk: copy editor with three years' experience on a daily paper. M-F, 9:30 am to 6:30 p.m. Duties include lifestyle, entertainment, food and travel editing, wire duties for NYT Wire and LANG sister papers. Apply in writing to Sharyn Betz by 5 p.m., Oct. 6; Supply resume, names, addresses and phone numbers of 3 recent work references.

2.) Sports Copy Desk: copy editor wtih 1 year of experience, college degree required, journalism preferred. Hours: 40 per week, includes nights and weekends. Duties include copy, headline writing, some layout and pagination. Apply in writing to Jon Clifford by 5 p.m., Oct. 6; Supply resume, samples of editing work, names, addresses and phone numbers of three most recent immediate supervisors. No phone calls accepted.

If you're not interested, tell your friends and spread the word-- those departments need people badly, so the quicker we can get the word out on this, the better off we'll all be. While it's not the union's job to serve as a recruiting service for the company, this is one area where we can work together and help both sides out.

With that in mind, I'd like to get your input. With that current 10 day waiting period that allows us to spread the word, that can some times hold up hiring. In the old days, unions needed that in a contract to give them some lead time to let members know about opportunities, but with and sites like that, the whole job search process has become a lot different.

I'm trying to find a way to work with Ron to streamline the process, so we still have a fair crack at open positions, but also so they aren't needlessly hamstrung during the key time to get new people in. I'd like to get your thoughts on what would be a better way to handle things, so if you've got anything you'd like to contribute, please let me know. Thanks a bunch.



For those of you who are out of the office, my apologies for not sending along the address to send your dues checks to. As a reminder, make a check payable to CWA 9400 for 2.25 times your hourly wage and mail it to:
CWA local 9400- attn: Vicki DiPaolo
7844 Rosecrans Ave.
Paramount, Ca. 90723
Those of you who are in Woodland Hills, you can either mail the checks in or give them to me by Friday. Many thanks.


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