By: Joe Strupp
Employees of The Buffalo (N.Y.) News belonging to the Buffalo Newspaper Guild-CWA overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract with the newspaper on Sept. 13, ratifying the agreement, 248-32, according to Guild President Phil Fairbanks.
The new contract, retroactive to Aug. 1, includes an annual 2% wage increase, a higher annual pension cap, and a $1,400 bonus for each Guild member. The paper will continue to pay all health-care premium costs, but workers will see a $5 increase in co-payments for doctor visits and prescriptions.
The Guild represents 350 Buffalo News employees.