By: Joe Strupp
Due to incorrect information provided by editor in chief Steven Newhouse, E&P incorrectly reported in its Monday edition that two of the three collective bargaining unions at The Jersey Journal had agreed to a management request to cut their workforce in half in order to keep the newspaper financially viable.
Only the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 163, which represents 42 clerical workers, agreed to a cutback that would result in the layoffs of 18 employees.
The remaining unions, The Newspaper Guild and the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers Union, continue to negotiate. Advance Publications, which owns The Jersey Journal, has also asked those groups to allow about half of their represented workers to be laid off.
Under each union’s existing contract, every represented employee would have to agree to the layoffs for the reductions to occur without a seniority provision. Advance executives have set a Feb. 1 deadline for the unions to approve the request, or they say they will fold the daily newspaper.