Union: 'The Sun' All Slow On Raises

By: The union representing reporters at The (Baltimore) Sun blasted the newspaper's wage proposal in a letter to its members, saying Tribune Co. management offered insufficient pay raises and tied too many of those raises to job performance.

"Guild negotiators made clear that this proposal was unacceptable and damaged hopes of reaching a settlement," Michael Hill, the Sun unit chair for the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, wrote in the letter dated Thursday.

Linda Yurche, a spokeswoman for the newspaper, said negotiations were continuing and declined to comment on the specifics of the proposal.

"We are trying to present a fair and reasonable contract that represents the difficult state of the industry right now," Yurche said. "Let's let the process play itself out."

The Sun's four-year contract with about 480 newsroom, advertising and administrative employees represented by the union expires June 24.

The paper, owned by the Chicago-based Tribune Co., offered buyouts last month to about 50 employees, including 15 in its newsroom, and 41 accepted. Three advertising designers were laid off Monday.


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