Skip to comments.Strib(Mpls 'Red' Star)union rejects concessions, bkrptcy seems certain (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 01/08/2009 3:22:49 PM PST by abb
Get ready for a Star Tribune bankruptcy filing.
The newsroom's Newspaper Guild announced today they had ended negotiations with management over concessions. The Strib's owners have said that unless all Strib's unions agree to a specific list of cutbacks, they will file for bankruptcy.
Says Guild co-chair Graydon Royce, "We tried to work this out and this didn't happen. All we can do is go by what they have said, and that [bankruptcy] is what they said will happen. So we'll find out."
Strib publisher Chris Harte has backed away from previous, more subtle bankruptcy threats, but few expect that now. Management earlier set a Jan. 6 deadline for unions to agree to a deal in principle, and a Jan. 16 date for approval. At the moment, I don't know when they will file.
I'll have more in a bit, but here's the memo Royce and co-chair David Chanen just sent to their members:
After several sessions with management, talks on possibly reaching a settlement to modify the contract have ended without agreement.
Management representatives said during a session last night that they saw no reason to continue the discussions and we could not disagree with them.
We will try to answer questions, the best we are able, on what this means for the future, at Fridays 4:30 p.m. unit meeting.
And please try to attend tomorrows send-off for colleagues who have taken the buyout.
Graydon Royce David Chanen
LOL! Had to do that to fit all the stuff in the title line.
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My spouse worked for the Washington Star in the 1970s. The Newspaper Guild killed the paper after 130 plus years. Some things never change.
The news from Time Warner is bad. The implications for the wider industry including Web properties is worse, much worse.
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Gee why don’t these unions buy the newspaper? I am sure they can run it properly/darc
Maybe I’ll get to witness the Stribs official death next week! 12 years of living there and hoping it would die and 1 year after I leave its hopefully kicking the bucket.
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very helpful. look for the union label... in the trash!
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Now what would the "Red" Star write about any other company trying to wring a profit out of the little union guys doing the actual work?
Shame on you "Red Star"!
The Star/"Sickle" isn't going to promote a "personal wealth redistribution" to keep their unabashed communistic and socialist freedom destroying propaganda alive?
I wouldn't go THAT far....
The destruction of the "Star/sickle" is one prick of a porcupine Quill into liberalism in Minnesota.