Newspaper Guild, Philadelphia Media Network reach tentative contract pact

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Just a week after Newspaper Guild members at the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com rejected a contract offer that would have eliminated seniority protections in the event of layoffs, union officials on Thursday announced a tentative agreement with Philadelphia Media Network on a near-identical contract offer.


The new proposal, which will be voted on by the rank and file next week, would not increase the cost of  health benefits, a victory for a union with a rapidly-dwindling Health and Welfare Fund, which helps keep members’ costs low.

But the offer would also make length of service just one of four primary factors in deciding who stays if the company resorts to layoffs.





The new proposal contains a larger signing bonus for members than the last offer, and financial penalties for the company if someone is laid off outside of the typical seniority process.

Guild president Howard Gensler said the union decided to endorse this deal because members’ health-care costs could have skyrocketed without a new deal. The current contract is set to expire in July.

“I think we did the best we could we could under trying circumstances,” Gensler said.




PMN publisher Terry Egger said: “I’m pleased that both sides got back to the table” and reached a tentative pact.

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