Sunday, December 31, 2006

Marty Keegan on Union Movement Part 1

This will be my last post for 2006 and I hope all of you have a safe holiday. I have interviewed Marty Keegan to give some equal time to the union drive at the Los Angeles Times. If you have an opposing view, feel free to contact me and we can get together tomorrow or Tuesday and film your point of view. This was my first attempt at Video Blogging, so it's a bit flawed.


Anonymous said...

I'm confused,

Mr.Hoffa says.......
This union campaign is not about hurting the Times. We do not want to do that. In fact, we want the paper to be successful and prosper.

2 months ago at the Santa Barbara News-Press

Marty Keegan says.......
“pledge cards” threatening to cancel subscriptions will be available at local events and in public places such as malls and shopping centers. A similar effort at the San Diego Union-Tribune resulted in 40,000 canceled subscriptions, he said. A copy of the card is also posted on a Web site,

The newspaper's advertisers will also be approached, Keegan said.

So which one is telling the truth?

Anonymous said...

More from Marty in Santa Barbara

News-Press union election set for Sept. 26
By Sally Cappon/Times Contributor

Tuesday was the deadline for the union’s subscription-cancellation “pledge” campaign, in which newsroom employees asked readers to cancel their subscriptions by Sept. 5 if management hadn’t resolved their concerns.

Keegan said he expects 3,000 subscription cancellations by the end of the week.

Employees picked up a couple more Tuesday with Goleta Mayor Jonny Wallis saying she was canceling her subscription after 40 years. In a written statement, Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum said she was canceling after 36 years.

“We feel over 10 percent of the newspaper will be canceled,” Keegan said, asking the community to join the editorial staff in its unusual request. Normally, he said, all employees “want the paper to grow.”

RSeymour said...

I worked for a union most of my life. They have destroyed every industry they've touched. We are now beginning to see the fruits of their flawed ideologies-states becoming bankrupt or unable to sustain ridiculously high pensions and healthcare plans, as well as disheartened employees who do not wish to have their dues go to political parties or even wish to belong to a union in the first place. Right-to-work states and non-union businesses are a testament to free market enterprises.