Talk to the hand...
The mood was somber on Saturday afternoon as St. Louis Post-Dispatch
employees strode into their union meeting to vote on Lee Enterprises
' "last, best and final [contract] offer."
The St. Louis Newspaper Guild
's contract for P-D
employees expired in June 2009; the union and Lee have been in talks ever since, trying to hash out a deal acceptable to both sides. But the negotiations broke down in mid-March, with Lee ultimately submitting a final offer that required employees to submit to a laundry list of concessions
In an up-or-down vote, the union voted Saturday in favor of adopting the contract, 132 (yes) : 54 (no)
Hello, six-percent pay cuts
for the next three years (and potentially longer, depending on revenues), plus unpaid furloughs!
Goodbye retiree health benefits, and seniority when it comes time to pink-slip people (which can happen, but not until after October 1, 2010).
From what Daily RFT
is hearing, some employees were surprised that the contract was accepted. At least a few were pissed off. But most, on the whole, simply resigned themselves to the concessions.