COPLEY SALE GETS GO-AHEAD

By: Mark Fitzgerald

Fox Valley Press Goes To Hollinger International Inc.




A legal stumbling block was cleared for Copley Press Inc.’s sale
of its Fox Valley Press cluster to Hollinger International Inc.
when a federal judge Thursday lifted a temporary restraining
order obtained by the Chicago Newspaper Guild on behalf of its
33-person editorial unit at The News Sun in Waukegan, Ill.



The Guild obtained the order Nov. 28 after arguing Copley had
refused to discuss the future of the contract, which it maintains
is binding on any new owner because of a “successors and assigns”
clause.


In the court hearing Thursday, Hollinger said it intended to
follow the grievance procedure in the contract to settle any
dispute after the sale.



“We told the judge we don’t agree with all the Guild positions,
but we are willing to honor the grievance procedure and if it
comes to arbitration we are willing to go ahead and arbitrate,”
said Mark Kipnis, Hollinger’s vice president and general counsel.



“The company has fulfilled what we view as their contractual
obligations,” said the Guild local’s attorney, Craig Rosenbaum.
The contract at The News Sun expires Feb. 2002.



Copley’s sale to Hollinger is expected to close by the end of the
year, Kipnis said. The sale of Fox Valley Press includes four
suburban Chicago dailies and a dozen weeklies.






Mark Fitzgerald (mfitzgerald@editorandpublisher.com) is editor at large for E&P.







Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher.

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