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Labor unrest and family intrigue at Gray Lady (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
New York Post ^ | December 21, 2011 | Keith J. Kelly

Posted on 12/21/2011 5:33:35 AM PST by abb

Labor unrest is simmering just below the surface at the New York Times Co., and the unions appear to be gearing up for a protracted fight.

Sources say that the Communications Workers of America, the parent union of the Newspaper Guild and others, has earmarked a $350,000 war chest and hired the politically connected public relations firm of BerlinRosen to advise in what seems to be shaping up as a pivotal battle among several unions.

The Newspaper Guild, which claims to represent about 1,000 journalists and photographers at the flagship, and the smaller Mailers Union Local 6, with about 170 production members, both have been without a contract since March 31.

Back in October, six different locals — including the Guild and the Mailers — sent a letter to Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger Jr., chairman and publisher of the Times, and then-President and CEO Janet Robinson.

The letter went out from Allied Printing Trades Council President Art Delanni but was signed by Guild President Bill O’Meara, and Pressman’s President John Heffernan, whose local contract still has another six years to run, and three other locals.

“Notwithstanding the improvement in the Times’ economic picture, you have given damaging proposals to the Guild representing your reporters and staff, who are at the core of the very product the Times offers to its customers,” said Delanni.

The letter also claims that current Times management is reneging on past lifetime job guarantees given to trade unions in exchange for previous concessions. “Promises made to long-term craft employees, who received lifetime job guarantees in return for substantial concessions, are now ignored,” wrote Delanni.

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(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: circulation; dbm; newspapers; nytimes
Occupy The New York Times...
1 posted on 12/21/2011 5:33:41 AM PST by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; carmenbmw; ...

ping


2 posted on 12/21/2011 5:36:02 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

What are they going to do? Threaten to strike if they close the doors?


3 posted on 12/21/2011 5:41:45 AM PST by McGavin999 ("If you'll have my back when I go to Washington, I'll have yours" Rick Perry 2012)
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To: abb

I support the Union! Make the Times PAY!! Power to the people! The NYTimes is the man!


4 posted on 12/21/2011 5:43:23 AM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: abb

Wow, lifetime job guarantees. Must be nice. No other company in the world can guarantee a job for a person’s lifetime, but that flopping newspaper can. (shakes head)


5 posted on 12/21/2011 5:48:58 AM PST by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: abb

It’s always ugly and generally boring when the bottom feeders start eating one another.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 5:50:05 AM PST by Savage Beast (The Democrat Party: The Party of Slavery, Jim Crow, Segregation, the KKK, Lynching, and Gun Control)
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To: RikaStrom

Just no honor among Democrat thieves!


7 posted on 12/21/2011 6:05:48 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: abb

Paging Carlos Slim!


8 posted on 12/21/2011 6:32:56 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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It's time the working man gets his fair share. Up the screws. Out brothers out!
9 posted on 12/21/2011 6:34:30 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: abb
The inbred fools running the Times sold their souls to Carlos Slim.

Do these clever union types believe a *Mexican* billionaire is going to give a damn what they want?

10 posted on 12/21/2011 6:40:39 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Dr. Ursus

11 posted on 12/21/2011 6:53:49 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: abb

Yep!

“Occupy The New York Times...”

The top left wingers in charge of the NY Slimes are poster girlie boys for elite left wingers.


12 posted on 12/21/2011 7:20:46 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-suntimes-owner-20111220,0,5139558.story
Sun-Times sale expected to be announced Wednesday

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2011/12/cnns-ireport-produces-controversy-llama-photos/
CNN’s iReport Produces Controversy, Llama Photos

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2011/12/times_terminates_blogging.php
Times ‘terminates’ blogging pressman Ed Padgett

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/20/marcus-brauchli-washington-post_n_1160462.html
Marcus Brauchli, Washington Post Editor, Gathers Veteran Staffers To Steady Uneasy Newsroom

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-20/sam-zell-sues-shareholders-over-tribune-buyout-he-engineered-1-.html
Billionaire Sam Zell Sues Shareholders Over Tribune Buyout He Engineered


13 posted on 12/21/2011 7:36:14 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb; weegee
Labor unrest and family intrigue at Gray Lady


14 posted on 12/21/2011 8:00:32 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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Man... union thugs vs. the NYT... who to root for... Can’t they both lose and just take each other down with them?

However, if the unions are right and the NYT is unilaterally abrogating past deals, I’d have to be on the union’s side this time.


15 posted on 12/21/2011 8:03:38 AM PST by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: kevkrom

Contracts are only for the Little People.


16 posted on 12/21/2011 8:47:53 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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True, but it’s also not unheard of for the unions to misrepresent the situation, either.


17 posted on 12/21/2011 9:02:57 AM PST by kevkrom (Note to self: proofread, then post. It's better that way.)
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To: abb


18 posted on 12/21/2011 3:04:13 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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