Contract FAQs


The contract between the Denver Newspaper Guild and The Denver Newspaper Agency is effective through October 10, 2009. The following are some examples of the many contract provisions that benefit and protect you. Please consult your copy of the contract, or view it online, for details and more information. If you have any questions about your contract or about the Guild, please contact a Guild steward or call the Guild office at 303-595-9818.

WAGES: Guild-covered employees will receive a 1% increase as of October 5, 2009. Employees whose work day begins before 7 a.m. or ends after 7 p.m. receive a night differential of $2.25 per shift. (Article XXIII, pages 39-45).

HOURS OF WORK AND OVERTIME: Time and one-half pay is required for work beyond eight hours a day and/or 40 hours in a work week. Double-time pay is required for work beyond 12 hours in a work day. Time and one-half pay is required for full-time employees who work on a sixth consecutive day and double-time for seven or more consecutive days. Double-time is also paid for work on a holiday. (Article XIV, pages 18-21)

VACATION: Vacation is accrued at a rate that provides two weeks paid vacation each year for the first three years of service, three weeks each year after three years of service and four weeks each year after seven years of service. (Article XVI, page 23) Part-time employees accrue vacation in proportion to hours worked. (Article XXII, page 38)

SICK LEAVE: Full-time employees receive 12 paid sick days per year. (Article XVII A, page 24) Part-time employees accrue sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 21 and one-half hours worked. (Article XVII B, page 25)
HEALTH PLAN: Medical, dental, and life insurance are available to full-time employees. Part-time employees are eligible for medical and dental insurance if they average 27 or more hours per week. (Article XVIII, pages 26-32)

OTHER BENEFITS: Employees may set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for parking and/or transportation costs. An adoption assistance benefit, employee assistance program and tuition reimbursement benefits are available. (Article XIX, pages 32-33)

PENSION: Contributions are made to the Guild International Plan for all full-time employees, and to part-time employees who work 1,000 hours or more per year. (Article XI, page 13) Employees also can participate in the 401(k) plan. The Agency will match 50% of the first 6% of pay saved by the employee under the plan. (Article XII, page 15)

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: A grievance procedure is in place to address unjust discipline or contract violations and to resolve conflicts or disputes with management. Employees have the right to have a union steward present at any meeting with management that may involve discipline or affect the relations of the employee and the Agency. (Article V, page 5)

EMPLOYEE SECURITY: No discipline or dismissals shall be made except for just and sufficient cause. (Article VII, pages 8-11)

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