Pay Cuts Possible at ‘Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’

By: E&P Staff

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazettte, owned by the Block family of Toledo, Ohio, has asked nine unions representing 1,100 employees to consider contract concessions that could include a 10% pay cut.

The paper said it needs the givebacks to help offset the soaring cost of health benefits, both for current and retired employees, the rival Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Union leaders, in response, have asked Block Communications Inc. to provide financial information about the newspaper’s operations to make sure the concessions are actually necessary.

The unions, which have contracts with the company through 2006, and management are expected to meet later this month.

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