Guild Disappointed With ‘Wash. Post’ Contract

By: Joe Strupp

The Washington Post‘s tentative contract with the Baltimore-Washington Newspaper Guild includes a “lousy pay package,” according to Rick Weiss, the Guild unit co-chair.

“I would not be surprised if it is rejected,” Weiss told E&P Friday, just three days after union leaders and Post executives hammered out the three-year agreement. “But we felt it was the best we were going to squeeze out of them.”

Weiss emphasized that he and the Guild leadership are recommending that its membership vote for the deal, which is scheduled for a vote this Thursday.

Under the contract, “Guild-covered employees [would] get a $1,350 lump-sum payment in the first year of the contract and raises averaging $21 per week in the second and third years,” the Post reported in a story published Thursday.

The agreement would change a provision that previously had allowed members to leave the Guild during one, 30-day period each year. The contract would allow as many as 10 Guild members to leave any time during the year.

Post CEO and Publisher Boisfeuillet Jones Jr. called the new deal “a balanced agreement,” in comments published in the paper Thursday — “as good as possible in today’s economic environment.”

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