?Star Tribune? Asks Court to Bar Teamster Grievances

By: E&P Staff

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis is seeking a court injunction to block a Teamster local representing mailers from filing grievances over the contract it forged during bankruptcy reorganization.

In a filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Monday, the newspaper said the 50-plus grievances filed by Teamsters Local 120 “seek to undo the very core” of the contract, which aimed at cutting production costs by more than $3.3 million.

The filing was reported in Tuesday’s Star Tribune by David Phelps.

“We respect the mailers and their work,” Star Tribune Publisher Mike Klingensmith said in the article. “However, returning to past operational practices and historical cost structures — which, in part, is what the mailers are asking for — would destabilize the company and impede the strong progress we have made.”

The newspaper said most of the grievances deal with the contract’s new policy on annual paid time off.

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