Eagle-Tribune Staffers Reject Guild

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By: E&P Staff

Editorial staff at Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co.’s nine daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire have voted not to join the Newspaper Guild of Greater Boston.

Dailies owned by Eagle-Tribune Publishing Co. in Massachusetts include The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, The Salem News, the Gloucester Daily Times and The Daily News of Newburyport.

By a vote of 82-52, reporters, photographers, copy editors and other editorial department employees rejected a bid by Guild Local 31032 of Boston to unionize the company’s newsrooms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“The vote is a great tribute to our management team and a vote of confidence by our employees in the company and in its future,” said President and Publisher Richard M. Franks, in a statement to the Eagle-Tribune.

More than 90 percent of eligible voters took part in the secret-ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

The parent company is now Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. of Birmingham, Ala., which purchased the newspapers from the Rogers family last July.

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