By: E&P Staff
Based in Newark and serving most of New Jersey, The Star-Ledger today reported that management informed employees yesterday of plans to “consolidate its two printing plants” owing to a need to cut costs in the face of falling revenues. The move may cause the loss of some union jobs.
The Piscataway and Montville plants employ approximately 600 full- and part-time workers. Notifications went out to 365 employees in the press operators, mailers, drivers, machinists and platemakers unions.
Occupying almost 250,000 square feet, the newer Montville plant is in northern New Jersey. The Piscataway plant, in central New Jersey, also has been printing the The Times of Trenton for more than a year. Both the Star-Ledger and the Times are owned by Advance Publications.
The company informed plant employees in December that it would look for economic relief, and Publisher George Arwady separately told staffers that the paper had been suffering net operating losses for several years, according to the newspaper’s Web site.
According to the report, Arwady said it was not certain that all workers receiving notice of a plant’s impending closure would be laid off. The paper is negotiating with some of the affected unions and has made no decision on which plant would be closed, an action expected on or shortly after May 2, in keeping with provisions of the 1989 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
“We hope to reach an agreement with the unions over the next 60 days that could lessen the impact on their members,” Arwady is quoted saying.