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Sports Illustrated Union ‘Agrees On First Contract’ - Features ‘Major Improvements’ On Salaries, Layoff & Severance Policies & Increased Employment Opportunities For Candidates Coming From Under-Represented Groups

Published Sunday, January 23, 2022
by Sports Illustrated Union News
Sports Illustrated Union ‘Agrees On First Contract’ - Features ‘Major Improvements’ On Salaries, Layoff & Severance Policies & Increased Employment Opportunities For Candidates Coming From Under-Represented Groups

(NEW YORK CITY) - Two years after forming a Union with NewsGuild of New York, the Sports Illustrated Union has agreed on a first contract that, once ratified, will protect their workplace and their journalism.

The new contract includes: A wage structure with fair minimum salaries for every position; A salary floor of $64,000; Guaranteed 3% yearly raises; Just cause, with no exceptions; Layoff procedures and severance policy; and a Rule that at least 50% of applicants for Union-covered jobs who make it to interviews with a hiring manager every year will come from traditionally under-represented groups.

Sports Illustrated Union tweeted out the following on Twitter:

It wouldn’t have been possible without the support we’ve had from our subscribers, readers and allies in the Labor Movement and beyond.

With our gratitude, here is some of what we’ve earned:

A wage structure with fair minimum salaries for every position and a salary floor of $64,000. Guaranteed 3% yearly raises.

The average employee will see a raise of 13% by this April, with some of our most underpaid Members getting bumps of 30%, 40%, even 66%.

Full credit for our time served at SI under previous operators, including time we spent as subcontractors.

Just cause, no exceptions!

Layoff procedures that include a volunteer process and recall rights if your job opens back up.

A severance policy that guarantees two weeks of pay per year of service.

A ban on production quotas, and a ban on discipline based on clicks or likes.

This will ensure that we can continue to focus on producing the best journalism for our readers.

A rule that at least 50% of applicants for union-covered jobs who make it to interviews with a hiring manager every year will come from traditionally under-represented groups.

Plus, a $50,000 budget for the company’s Diversity Committee.

Important protections for work-life balance, including a 40-hour workweek and a procedure for ensuring we can take the vacation we need under the company’s unlimited PTO policy.

Free-agent eligibility after five seasons and preservation of pitchers hitting in the National League. Sorry, wrong Sports Labor Deal…

We’re excited to put this contract into force and raise standards industry-wide.

Thank You all for your support!

To Directly Access This Labor News Report, Go To: https://twitter.com/si_union/status/1483862306631163904?link_id=11&can_id=d28a0e75022b91d73fc95bc86b686390&source=email-union-matters-january-14-2022&email_referrer=email_1413094&email_subject=union-matters-january-21-2022

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