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Newsday Reaches Agreement With Union Employees

newsday06292010.pngGCC/IBT Local 406, the union that represents editorial and other employees of Long Island daily Newsday has ratified an offer from Newsday parent Cablevision that will reduce wages by 5% for most of its workers, the New York Post reports.

Says the Post:

The final vote was 310-141 approving the deal, according to Michael O’Connor, president of Local 406. “There is nobody who voted ‘yes’ who is happy about this contract,” he said. The union did hang onto the 35-hour work week, after the company initially tried to impose a hike to 40 hours.

Newsday management offered a different reaction to the result of the June 27 vote.

“We are pleased with the vote’s outcome and I thank our union colleagues for their partnership. I am committed to working together to make our brand and our business even greater for readers and advertisers for years to come,” said Newsday publisher Terry Jimenez in a statement.

Earlier this month, Jimenez had imposed a July 5 impasse deadline on contract negotiations. Past July 5, Newsday reserved the right to unilaterally implement the proposed contract changes.

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