Michael Amon

Press release: Newsday contract talks begin Tuesday

Posted in Uncategorized by michaelamon on February 22, 2010

Press release from Zack follows below.

February 22, 2010, Melville, N.Y. Union leaders representing the Newsday workers who produce and deliver the Long Island daily newspaper will meet with the papers management Tuesday to verify the company’s claim that it is losing $7 million.

These talks have been delayed twice because of snow.

Leading the union team for Local 406 of the Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters will be George Tedeschi, president of the GCC. Also present will Bruce Lambert, a former Newsday reporter who helped launch the editorial unit of Local 406 in 1976 and who was a union vice president for more than two decades.

Local 406 has asked Newsday for detailed financial records. Union leaders hope to receive the financial information at this meeting.

Jim Kimball, director of the Teamsters Economics and Contracts Department, will be present to inspect these records when they are made available. Also at the table will be the vice presidents and stewards of the six bargaining units of the union local.

On Jan. 24, Local 406 overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to reduce salaries by 10 to 15 percent, cut vacations and lengthen the work week. After the 473-10 vote, Local 406 members have displayed unity, showing solidarity by wearing the same color on chosen days.

Union leaders said they stand ready to help, as in the past, as Newsday management says the paper is financially troubled.

Local 406 looks forward to partnering with the company in seeking a viable newspaper and fair working conditions for Newsday’s reporters, photographers, editors, press operators, platemakers, electronic pre-press workers, truck drivers and building and maintenance workers.

For more information, contact Local 406 Editorial Vice President Zachary Dowdy, 631-843-2294 or 516-524-1943 (cell).

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