Sunday, May 27, 2007

TL letter writer: Why did you cover clown convention and not my convention of early childhood educators?

The TL didn't cover your convention, Leanne Grace of Shickshinny, because it hates freedom. Or because no one gives a shit about early childhood education.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ed and Murph just hired these two for the copy desk.

Anonymous said...

NO NO NO THE VOICE HAS FIRST DIBS ON THESE TWO...GOTTA FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR NAPERSKY SINCE SHE HAS BEEN DEMOTED TO TV LISTINGS.....

Anonymous said...

Trust us, Leanne, we just confused one group of clowns with the other.

Anonymous said...

"GOTTA FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR NAPERSKY SINCE SHE HAS BEEN DEMOTED TO TV LISTINGS......"

WOW. PLEASE, MORE INFO......

Anonymous said...

One of those two guys pictured has to be Soprano

Anonymous said...

Anybody notice over the weekend they gave Employee of the Month Awards for March, April and May in the TL. It was funny because if you read between the lines, all the little write ups basically said "We salute these people because they put in extra hours that we don't have to pay or compensate them for." Working on a big story or not, I think you'd have to be an absolute idiot to work anything beyond your 37.5 hrs and not get overtime for it, let alone straight time. But it would seem from the tone of the wording that that's what these people do. Does anybody know the breakdown of both papers' OT policies and if one paper compensates more fairly than the other (CV or TL) when it comes to its employees working beyond a full-time week? I get the feeling lots of people at both papers put in way more than full-time hours and don't get a single extra cent for it, not even straight-time pay. Certainly not OT.

John Mitchell said...

Well, there's no such thing as "overtime policy," per se, there's only federal wage and hours law.
And that says if you're an hourly employee and you go over 37.5 hours, you MUST be compensated. Even if it's unapproved hours.
Now, every paper has an unofficial unwritten policy that syou'll never see in print, and it says we never pay overtime or we pay some overtime but not everything or we give a combination of comp time and overtime, or whatever.
It's a wink and a nod and it's understood but totally off the books.
But no paper is ever going to admit that, because legally they have no option but to pay. And that's what would happen if an employee filed a federal wage and hours complaint.

Anonymous said...

Journalists regularly work extra hours as the job demands without overtime compensation and try to steal comp time as they can. Sometimes this is due to the nature of a story, or more likely an editor who expecta a story and doesn't give a crap about what time you started work. The only instance you're likely to get actual overtime pay is during a disaster when it's clear to everyone the stories wouldn't happen without people working beyond their shift. News doesn't follow a schedule and reporters and editors don't punch a timeclock. Yes, you will miss out on some pay you deserve, but if you make an issue out of it, you won't have a job to complain about.

Anonymous said...

3:40 p.m. said: "Yes, you will miss out on some pay you deserve, but if you make an issue out of it, you won't have a job to complain about..."

Hey 3:40, talk about singing the company line. You are aware there are jobs out there that pay you for every hour -- heck, every minute -- you work. I'm sorry, but that's just a ludicrous mentality to put in extra, unpaid time out of fear of losing your job. It's no longer a job at that point, it becomes indentured servitude.
It seems like journalists have backed themselves into a corner and now must accept all these awful working conditions because they feel that in many ways their jobs aren't work at all, but rather something they do for fun or something that feeds their passion. That's all fine, but it just seeems insane to me to log hour after hour of uncompensated, unpaid time. The bottom line is you still are AT WORK. Too bad journalists will never unite and challenge their newspapers to pay them fairly, instead of accepting the abuses their employers get away with simply out of fear of losing a job they consider to be a privilege. Well, guess what. Taking home an honest day's pay is a privilege also

Anonymous said...

The "journalists" at the Voice are united. Ask them what a great job their union "leadership" has done for them.

Ask them how that fat cow Heidi Ruckno stepped up to the plate for Matt Engel.

Anonymous said...

The Times Leader covered that because thats what they are a bunch of clowns. Any place that would name Joe " I have naked pictures of Rich "Jungle Fever" Connor, but am too inept to send them to anyone so make me employee of the month" Soprano. The TL deserves to be under a big top. Too bad the elephant died, the half man half woman (all ugly) is gone blogging, and the main event is Joe Soprano's piss poor online editing.

Anonymous said...

Yo, MAY 28TH 10;36..Napersky got a reality check,its like anything over at the TEMPLE OF DOOM (CV)love ya one minute purge or demote you the next..I think Napersky is doing the community news section..a Journalists Killing Field if there ever was one...could the clock be ticking for another one..tick tick