Newspaper Guild Petitions to Revoke JOA in York, Pa.

By: E&P Staff

The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America filed a petition with the U.S. Attorney General’s office claiming that MediaNews Group violated the Newspaper Preservation Act with two York, Pa., daily papers.

The Guild, along with York/Adams County Central Labor Council and City Council President Cameron Texter, charge that MediaNews Group has “hidden the fact that it now is sole owner and publisher of both papers.”

In 1989 the Justice Department approved a JOA between MediaNews, publisher of the York Dispatch, and Buckner News Alliance, publisher of the York Daily Record.

The union groups and city council president claim that “the two publishers engaged in deception in 2004 by reporting that they had swapped ownership of the two papers” when in fact MediaNews bought the Daily Record from Buckner while retaining the Dispatch.

The parties charge that MediaNews “failed to file an application for approval of material changes to the agreement or provide public notice.”

Linda Foley, Newspaper Guild president, said in a statement: “The whole intent of joint operating agreements is to preserve vigorous news reporting and diversity of editorial opinions through maintaining newspaper competition — not to provide a loophole for monopoly publishing.”

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