Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Newspaper Guild Plans "Humorous" Protest at Commercial Appeal Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 4:00 AM

From the Memphis Newspaper Guild: The Newspaper Guild leads humorous protest against outsourcing.

Work at The Commercial Appeal is being shipped overseas. Today, some advertisements for Memphis-area businesses are being laid out by workers in India.

At least one Commercial Appeal worker has already left because he doesn't see the point of continuing under these circumstances.

We have nothing against India or Indians, of course, but we feel it's a slippery slope and we want to keep our jobs here.

A group of Commercial Appeal workers is planning a lighthearted look at the issue -- we'll be having a tongue-in-cheek street theater event in which we urge employees to pack up and move to India to follow jobs that are being sent there.

There will be a lot of color and excitement as the workers in costumes play Indian records, hand out Indian candy, and tell employees all about the virtues of the Asian subcontinent.

Background: The Newspaper Guild is a labor organization that represents Commercial Appeal employees. Commercial Appeal workers covered by collective bargaining agreements have not had a raise in more than five years.

The Commercial Appeal is one of the region's most important media outlets and this event offers you a look at its inner workings.

Where: The Commercial Appeal -- Beale Street entrance

When: From 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12.

What: Humorous street theater protest against outsourcing

Visuals: Workers in costumes will urge their co-workers to move to India.

Sounds like great fun. See you there!

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