Union, ‘Newsday’ Reach Deal to Save Jobs

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By: E&P Staff

After two days of round-the-clock bargaining, Newsday and its union have managed to save over 100 jobs at the paper though 60 positions will be eliminated in the spring. Newsday management had originally sought to eliminate 165 jobs.

Those 60 cuts will hit mostly drivers and pressman, according to a story in today’s Newsday. Local 406 of the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents about 2,000 Newsday workers in six units: pressroom, transportation, platemaking, editorial, electronic pre-press, and building maintenance.

The union completed contract agreements that are to be voted on by members this Sunday.

The agreement calls for lump-sum payments as opposed to a 3% pay raise scheduled to take place this month. Other changes could affect the amount employees pay for medical coverage (Newsday could raise that amount) and the modification of buyout packages for editorial employees that would take away lump-sum pension payouts to those who leave Newsday but don’t retire, the article said.

Dennis Grabhorn, president of Local 406, is unhappy with the contracts but he told Newsday it was a better alternative than going to war with management. “We would actually have to destroy the paper we work for,” he told the paper.

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