AFL-CIO'S KIRKLAND APPEALS TO COX ENTERPRISES CHIEF TO HELP IN DAYTON NEWSPAPER GUILD NEGOTIATIONS
AFL-CIO'S KIRKLAND APPEALS TO COX ENTERPRISES CHIEF
TO HELP IN DAYTON NEWSPAPER GUILD NEGOTIATIONS
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland has called on James C. Kennedy, the chief of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, Inc., to halt the union-busting tactics of its affiliate, the Dayton, Ohio, Daily News.
In a letter to Kennedy sent Nov. 4, Kirkland urged Kennedy to "intervene and restore" good labor relations with members of Dayton Newspaper Guild Local 157. Kennedy has not responded as of this date.
At the Dayton newspaper, 180 Guild members -- reporters, photographers, copy editors, artists and clerks -- have gone without a pay raise for nearly four years and have been trying for more than two years to negotiate the Guild's first contract at the newspaper.
Kirkland sent the following letter:
Having met recently with representatives of Dayton Newspaper Guild Local 157, I am writing to express my concern regarding the conduct of your subsidiary, Dayton Newspapers, Inc., during the Guild's long and futile effort to negotiate its first contract at the Dayton Daily News.
Since 1986, when newsroom employees at the paper first voted to affiliate with The Newspaper Guild, the company has refused to yield in its demand for concessions on job protections that were extended to their previous independent union. In addition, Dayton Newspapers has poisoned the atmosphere by hiring as its bargaining representative the notorious anti-union law firm of King and Ballow -- a move that belies any stated intention of good faith bargaining.
As I'm sure you know, the Cincinnati office of the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that the company's actions were "based on its animosity toward the union," and has charged Dayton Newspapers with violating federal labor law by "failing and refusing" to bargain in good faith.
Such behavior is especially difficult to understand in light of the fact that Dayton Newspapers maintains a constructive relationship with four other AFL-CIO unions and has extended to them the contract provisions it now withholds from the Guild.
Some time ago, newsroom employees at the Dayton Daily News respectfully appealed to you to intervene and restore the labor- management relations they felt they deserved from your company. I join them in their request, and ask that you take all steps possible toward creating a climate of good faith and mutual respect that will help resolve this matter promptly.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you feel I can be of any help in achieving this goal.
/CONTACT: Michael Byrne of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010/ CO: AFL-CIO ST: District of Columbia, Ohio IN: SU: MH -- DC022 -- 5994 11/21/91 14:52 EST