‘Dayton Daily News’ and Guild Resume After Six Months

By: Joe Strupp

After a six-month stalemate, contract negotiations will resume between the Dayton Newspaper Guild and the Dayton Daily News, according to the Dayton Business Journal.

“The Dayton Daily News approached the newspaper guild this month and informed guild members the company had a new proposal and would be willing to begin talks sometime this month,” Scott Elliott, a Daily News reporter and guild member told the Journal.

The guild reportedly said union staffers have been operating under the same contract since 1986, with no minimum base pay increase in 14 years.

The guild filed two unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board in December, “alleging the company refused to accept responses or counterproposals to a company offer and declared an illegal impasse,” The Journal reported. “Since that time, the company had not been willing to return to the bargaining table, guild members said.”

The Dayton Daily News released a statement Thursday confirming it had approached the guild about a new proposal, according to the Journal.

“The company broke off negotiations with the guild last December because the parties were at impasse, as has been approved by the NLRB,” the statement said. “As we continue to look at our business, we have updated information and proposals to offer the guild. Accordingly, we will resume bargaining in coming weeks.”

The guild had launched a $50,000 marketing campaign earlier this year to raise awareness about its long-standing issues with the Daily News, the Journal said, adding that the campaign included six billboards detailing concerns along with radio and print advertisements.

The Journal stated that “remaining issues up for discussion in negotiations include what the guild calls the company’s desire to freeze wages in a time of strong profit, denying part-time workers affordable health care and fair arbitration.”

The guild represents 147 reporters, copy editors, photographers, online workers, artists and editorial assistants at the Daily News, the Journal reported.

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