A source with the labor union representing Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom employees says the union is poised to file an unfair labor practice action against the owners of the newspaper.
Union members are angry at management’s push to open a contract nine months before its expiration date, and will not succumb to the demand of a 13% (or an estimated $8 million) in pay and benefits cuts, said the source.
“What we’re hoping to accomplish is working and being covered by our collective bargaining agreement which covers us into October,” said union rep Dan Gross. “We have no interest in taking pay cuts and there’s no way we were going to open our contract.”
According to a Guild memo, the owner of Interstate General Media told guild members (of both the Inky and the Daily News) that management could liquidate the newspapers if employees don’t budge.
But before they violate the terms of an existing contract and bare any brunt of financial sacrifice, the guild members want a viable and coherent company revenue generating plan from Interstate, owned in part by South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross III.
The source said the new owners have done some good things since taking charge of the newspaper last April, including hiring solid editorial leaders.
But the new office building that stands on the site of Thomas Jefferson’s secretary of state’s office could ironically be the scene of the death of Philadelphia newspapers, the source said.
Mark Block, vice president of external relations for Interstate General Media, offered no comment.
Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.Read More >
Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...
By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups. But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >
“We lived up to our end of the bargain. He didn’t live up to his end of the deal.” - Ed Connolly, president of the New Jersey Firemen’s Benevolent Association.- The Bergen Record
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.