By: E&P Staff
In a sign of progress in the sometimes-contentious bargaining between the Block Communications-owned Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and its 14 unions, both sides have agreed to talk beyond the Dec. 31 deadline for new contracts.
“The parties have made substantial progress toward the terms of new labor agreements,” the two sides said in a joint statement. “The parties have agreed to refrain from making any further public comment about the substance of their collective bargaining negotiations at this time.”
The statement said that the talks are expected to extend beyond the New Year’s Eve contracts deadline “given the number and significance of the issues being discussed.”
Earlier this year, the Toledo, Ohio-based Block family owners said the paper figured to lose about $20 million in 2006 — and that it would be sold if it couldn’t reach favorable agreements with the unions. The 14 bargaining units represent about 1,100 employees.