Thomson Reuters Hit by Unfair Labor Practice Charge

February 3, 2009

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The New York Newspaper Guild has filed two unfair labor practice charges against Thomson Reuters, saying the media company unfairly barred workers from their long-standing practice of wearing red union t-shirts to show solidarity during labor contract negotiations.

The Guild’s charges to the National Labor Relations Board said Thomson Reuters Corp. (NYSE: TRI, TSX: TRI, LSE: TRIL, Nasdaq: TRIN) violated federal labor law by banning only Newspaper Guild t-shirts and by implementing a dress code without bargaining with the union as required.

“This is the first time in the union’s more than 30 years at Reuters that management has been so rattled as to ban a display of union support,” said Guild President Bill O’Meara. “Our members are more than a little riled at management trying to curb their right to show solidarity with their union.”

Just hours before a bargaining session for a new contract the company ordered newsroom staffers not to wear the red Guild t-shirts, if they could be captured by television cameras using the newsrooms in New York and Washington, D.C. as a backdrop to its fledgling web-based video product, “Insider.”

The New York Newspaper Guild and Thomson Reuters have had three bargaining sessions aimed at agreeing to a new contract to replace the one that is up on February 28. The company is proposing a 117-page rewrite of the current contract that offers no promise of negotiated pay levels.

Thomson, a provider of electronic financial, medical and legal data, bought Reuters, which was started by Julius Reuter in 1851, for $16.6 billion last April. The combined company employs about 50,000 people worldwide.

The New York Guild, Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America, represents U.S.-based staff in news, photography, television, technical and related workers at the company.

SOURCE Newspaper Guild of New York

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