Sunday, December 04, 2005

Sunday Round Up

Howdy Folks,

Once again, I've foolishly picked a dinner that takes what feels like three days to cook, but that does afford me the opportunity to get caught up on my union emails. Thanks to all who gave suggestions for the ways to spend the training money the DN's dangling-- lots of good ideas that would be a boon to everyone. I passed them all along to Melissa and would be happy to keep suggesting if you've got additional thoughts.

Something happened this week that merits passing along to the rest of you. A situation came up where a staffer got into an argument with a manager, which escalated into a heated exchange in the middle of the newsroom. Both sides ended up getting reprimanded, so the union was called on to represent the employee-- don't forget, this is a right we all have, to make sure things don't get out of hand. And in this case, everything ended up working out fine.

Remember this, guys. Whatever the issue, we are always there to serve as your advocate. Just because someone's a manager doesn't give them the right to treat you with disrespect, nor should you ever have to put up with someone who doesn't act professionally. If you ever have a concern, tell me and we'll do our best to get it fixed immediately. And if you ever feel that you're going to be disciplined for something, whether you think it's justified or not, you always have the right to have a union representative present. It doesn't matter when or where it happens, just to be on the safe side, you should always have someone to speak up for you.

In situations like that, we speak to the management on equal footing. We can't be told to shut up, we can't be sent away, we can't be punished for raising our voices-- almost always, it works out so we can talk things through peacefully. But if not, we'll yell and scream all we need to protect you. Don't let yourself get stuck in a bad situation-- we're here to get you out.

But enough of the rabble rousing for one evening and on to the always pleasant subject of Happy Hour. It's been awhile since we've hung out, so let's figure something out for next week to toast to the end of 2005 and relax outside of work. I'll get you a day and location ASAP.

That's all for tonight, my friends. Thanks for listening and lemme know if you need anything.



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