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Philadelphia union reveals rejected extension

Philadelphia union reveals rejected extension

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia announced in a memo to its members on Monday that it has rejected an appeal by the city's two major newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, to extend the union contracts beyond the August 31 termination.

The memo, posted by Editor & Publisher on Monday morning, from Administrative Officer Bill Ross and President Dan Gross of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, revealed the rejection of last week's extension request by Philadelphia Media Holdings, as they attempt to complete a bankruptcy reorganisation plan.

The union stressed it has been open for discussions since February when the last contract negotiations were concluded, and denies the publisher needs more time.

"After extensive discussion and consultation with our legal counsel, the Executive Board informed the company that we believe its request is premature because there have not been any contract negotiations to date despite our repeated offers, since February, to begin bargaining," the memo states. "Both the company's request to extend, and its failure to begin bargaining leads us to suspect that the company is unwilling to publicly disclose its bargaining position at the present time. We have been informed that top management will seek substantial contract concessions."

The memo also reiterates the concessions the union has already made, highlighting the 300 members lost, frozen pension funds and contract sacrifices.

Philadelphia Media Holdings has also requested an extension on the submission of its reorganisation plan to U.S. Bankruptcy Court, due on August 31. The company is seeking an alternative deadline of October 31, with a hearing on the request set for tomorrow.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-08-11 16:00

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