By: Mark Fitzgerald
Detroit Newspapers (DN), the business and operations agent for Detroit’s two daily papers, says it reached a tentative agreement on noneconomic issues with engravers represented by Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) Local 289.
The union, which represents 20 workers, also agreed to let DN offer buyout packages to eight workers with lifetime job guarantees, says Tim Kelleher, the agency’s senior vice president for labor relations. A GCIU spokesperson says the union will not comment on the agreement, and federal mediator Brian Flores, who helped restart negotiations last summer, could not be reached.
The Detroit Sunday Journal, the weekly founded by newspaper strikers, reports the three-year agreement includes annual raises of 2% and an open shop provision permitting employees to do union work without joining the union.
Six unions representing about 2,500 workers struck the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and the DN agency in July 1995 and made an unconditional offer to return to work in February 1997. This February, the Detroit Typographical Union, which represents about 95 printers, became the first union to ratify a contract.
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