Torn to Shreds: The guild says negotiations with Lee have grown "acrimonious."
The St. Louis Newspaper Guild
reports that Post-Dispatch
owner Lee Enterprises wants to cut wages 15 percent in the first year of a new contract and another 5 percent in both the second and third years of the agreement.
The company also wants to eliminate retiree health care -- this after Lee Enterprises announced in December
that it would halt such benefits for many former workers.
Per the Guild's website
We are now meeting twice a week with the company and a federal
mediator is sitting in on negotiations. Things have gotten more
Despite numerous tentative agreements, roughly a dozen on various
individual items in the contract, we are concerned that the company may
soon move to declare impasse. This belief is based on a number of
thinly-veiled threats the company has issued across the bargaining