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Mon Sep 16, 2019, 12:46 AM

Gannett Confiscates Pro-Union Arizona Republic Reporter's Work Phone

A human resources representative for Gannett, the parent company of the Arizona Republic, confiscated the work phone of a reporter involved in a campaign to unionize the Phoenix newsroom, the reporter said on Facebook.

Rebekah Sanders, who covers scams and bad business practices, claimed that a Gannett representative "interrogated" her about her "unionizing activity." Afterward, Sanders said, the representative confiscated her work phone.

"I asked how I would conduct interviews the rest of the day. She said, 'You won't.' I asked when I could have it back," Sanders wrote in a public Facebook post. "She said she would let me know. My work cell has all of my contacts and is an integral part of my job."

At least one other Republic staffer was called in for an HR meeting, according to employees involved in the organizing campaign.

Read more: https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/gannett-confiscated-pro-union-arizona-republic-reporters-work-phones-11353306

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Sep 16, 2019, 01:51 AM

1. As an old union man, never use the company's resources for union work.

Not their phones, not their copiers, not their computers, not their paper.

Personally, I didn't even like to meet with grievants on company property, even though our contract required the company to provide the union work space. I wouldn't use it.

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Fri Sep 20, 2019, 12:10 AM

2. He should have used his own cell phone for union work

 

work phones are always the employer's property

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