Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Article On UT Friday, August 25, 2006

This article was published by The San Diego-Tribune last Friday, August 25, 2006 on BUSINESS BRIEFING Section (Compiled from the staff and wire reports)

Informational picket conducted

About 100 people, mostly newspaper employees, set up an informational picket line yesterday outside The San Diego Union-Tribune building in Mission Valley to protest what they describe as prolonged labor negotiations at the newspaper.
Protester included member's of the newspaper's pressroom and packaging departments who are represented by the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters. A total of 326 people are covered in those two units. The pressroom employees have been working without a contract since July 2005, while packaging department employees have been seeking their first union contract for the past year. They are seeking seperate contracts.
The union said negotiations have lasted for a year and that it fears new work rules to be imposed by the newspaper in packaging might cut workers' work hour and salaries. In a statement, The Union Tribune said yesterday that it will automate some functions in its packaging department on Monday and that will eliminate an undisclosed number of workshifts. The newspaper said it does not plan any layoffs.


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