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Philadelphia newspaper employees planning to strike

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Baron Scicluna, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Overwhelming vote to authorize strike provisions. One of the main points of contention is health care costs. The ownership wants employees to pay $4,000 additional for individuals and $8,500 for family coverage.

    Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com union members vote to authorize strike - Philadelphia Business Journal

    Newspaper union fires back after Interstate General Media Owner Gerry Lenfest introduces profit sharing - Philadelphia Business Journal

    Yeah, when they're asking you to pay that much more, might as well just bring the owners down with you when the ship be sinking.
     
  2. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    What's this "union" they keep talking about ... :(

    I hope for the best for the union workers, but these days, they literally could put the entire paper together in India or Singapore, as long as they can find someone to print and deliver it in Philly. Or maybe a strike will be management's excuse to only produce a print edition two or three times a week.

    We'll see what happens.
     
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    They might just fold the whole thing. Or at least the DN.
     
  4. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Yeah, based on the spectacularly plummeting sale price of this newspaper over the last 10 years, we know it has lost almost 90 percent of its value. Probably more than 90 percent by now actually, since the last sale was three years ago. Things aren't looking up.

    This sounds like mutually assured destruction.
     
  5. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    I know a paper that was edited in India.
    The copy-editing was hilarious. It was obvious it was edited overseas.

    Not that other chains might avoid trying that. But readers can tell.
     
  6. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Except for the nuclear option, it sounds like management doesn't have much left to simply threaten the staff with.

    Don't go on strike and we'll keep laying you off, slashing your pay and benefits, etc. etc. Go on strike and, uh....
     
  7. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    I think a strike might mean the demise of home delivery and the union. The owners could fill a website with wire copy and young, cheap staff and generate some cash flow. I don't know if the publishers would bother to try to settle.
     
  8. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    They'll never be heard from again.
     
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  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    This.
     
  10. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    A long time ago I was part of a team representing employees at UPI and we went through round after round of concessionary bargaining to save the place. You reach a point where you look around and there's nothing left.
     
  11. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    If management's plan is to end home delivery, the Inky will not be long for this world, either. I'm with Cran. If they're demanding an $8500 pay cut for employees with families, might as well go to the wall and see if at worst you can take them with you.
     
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Precisely.

    If they put in for a small increase, they might have made a deal. But $8,500? And their executives will probsbly collect bonuses too? Fuhgettaboutit. They might have just pushed their employees too far this time, to the point where they don't care if it does end up costing them their jobs.
     
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