Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Union Workers Rally For Contract at Catholic News Service

Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild-CWA members planned a second rally Wednesday, October 25 to continue pressing for a contract with Catholic News Service.

The employer’s demand that it be able to unilaterally terminate the pension is the key sticking issue.

The union and CNS began bargaining for new contract last October. The union members have been working without a contract since January 1.

This is the second rally in two weeks outside the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ headquarters. It comes less than three weeks before the bishops gather in Baltimore for their fall meeting.

CNS is operated by the Bishops’ Conference but is editorially independent and funded through its client subscribers.

WBNG represents more than 3,000 workers in the metropolitan area and is a local of the Communications Workers of America. The Guild represents 20 employees at Catholic News Service, including reporters, editors, photographers, librarians and clerical workers.

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