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Cory Fish, director of human resources for U-T San Diego, today (March 3) notified the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that the company has decided to give merit-based increases to certain pressroom employees. Those now making less than $16 an hour will get a boost.

"Please note that there are no department-wide or across the board increases and the scope of increases is limited and targeted based on performance," Fish told the union, which is now seeking the names and increases for each employee.

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Visduh March 4, 2014 @ 8:14 a.m.

I take it that this Teamsters conference represents the pressroom employees. While paying more than the "union rate" is not prohibited, most employers will never do it. (Most of the time, the employer thinks the pay is too high already.) So, it sounds as if they were losing some of their newer and more energetic folks due to the poor pay. Let's remember that $16 an hour pencils out to only about $32K a year, and that's not going to buy much of a lifestyle here in 2014. Thirty or more years ago there was trouble in that pressroom, and it appeared as if the Copley cabal was trying to break that union for sure, along with the others at the paper.

As far as telling the union who is getting more money, and how much, I would have thought the UT would have come clean immediately. But further thought makes me realize that it is to their advantage to keep it secret. Those who are getting more than scale are union members who owe gratitude to the publisher and not their union. Hmmmm.

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Don Bauder March 4, 2014 @ 12:03 p.m.

Visduh: If the company provides the information on what employees got the raises, it will be interesting to know what percentage of the total in the pressroom got merit raises. Why the company gave automatic boosts to those making less than $16 an hour puzzles me. It could have been part of the bargaining process. Best, Don Bauder

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HellcatCopley March 4, 2014 @ 9:01 a.m.

Merit pay implementation has long been the crown jewel of UT union busting: employees realize that only management, and not the union, can impact pay increases. The union is made toothless in the most critical arena, wages. The employees begin to ask what is the point of paying union dues – et voilà – decertification follows.

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Don Bauder March 4, 2014 @ 12:07 p.m.

HellcatCopley: That is exactly what happened with the guild. The company made all kinds of promises if the guild would go away; it did and several years later the company started the massive head-chopping. However, I don't think the guild could have stopped that. The economics of the business changed for the worst. Best, Don Bauder

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