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Washington Post Union: Jeff Bezos Isn’t Paying Employees a Fair Wage

"There’s something out of line when a company is owned by the wealthiest man in the world and we’re fighting for fair wages and a better 401k match."

By NTK Staff | 01.25.2018 @11:00am
Washington Post Union: Jeff Bezos Isn’t Paying Employees a Fair Wage

The Washington Post‘s union is claiming that the paper’s billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos, is behind the Post management’s refusal to pay employees a fair wage in their current contract negotiations, according to a report published in Splinter on Wednesday.

“‘You should be happy you have a job’ is what we’re hearing,” said Fredrick Kunkle, who is a member of the paper’s union, the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild, and is part of the bargaining unit in ongoing negotiations.

Bezos, who founded Amazon and is worth an estimated $111 billion, bought the Washington Post in 2013 and is seen as “a savior to the company” by some employees according to David DeJesus, a longtime employee of the Post.

During their last contract negotiations in 2015, management at the Post leveraged employees’ favorable opinion of Bezos by ‘slashing’ retirement benefits, “but maintained across-the-board annual salary increases.”

Now, though, the Post’s management is approaching these negotiations more aggressively and going after those salary increases, something that the union attributes to Bezos’ ownership,

Splinter reported:

“Post brass has suggested replacing annual pay raises for all employees under the contract with an individualized merit-based system, a move the union argues will amount to a pay freeze for many. Management has also floated giving staffers a lump sum payment of several hundred dollars in the first year of the contract followed by weekly wage increases of a mere $8 or $10 in its second year.”

This proposed contract from the Post’s management comes after the Post added a “record number of subscribers” in 2017 and has been profitable for two straight years.

“We’re almost perplexed at how intransigent the company has been,” Kunkle told Splinter.

“There’s something out of line when a company is owned by the wealthiest man in the world and we’re fighting for fair wages and a better 401k match,” DeJesus told Splinter about the current contract negotiations.

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