Newsroom Workers Ratify Star Tribune Pact

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Newsroom workers have ratified a three-year labor contract with the Star Tribune.

The deal is expected to save the newspaper about $2.4 million a year.

Members of the Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America approved the agreement on a vote of 210-27.

The deal includes a 16-month wage freeze, followed by three semiannual raises ranging from 1 percent to 1.5 percent. It also shifts a greater share of health care costs to employees but maintains the company’s pension plans.

The Star Tribune will cut six newsroom jobs by offering voluntary buyout packages.

Officials of both the union and the newspaper welcomed the agreement and said they’re glad to get back to journalism.

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