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New York Times and Union Reach Tentative Deal

After over a year of negotiations, The New York Times and the Newspaper Guild of New York finally have a deal in place. According to the Times, the parties have agreed “in concept” to a new five-year contract.

The new deal, according to the Guild, “preserves a defined benefit pension plan, protects the jointly trusteed medical plan, and includes increases in compensation.”

Nothing is final yet, as the deal is subject to changes by Guild members. Martin Scheinman, the mediator who joined the discussions in early October, has asked that no further details be shared, so we’ll have to wait on the nitty-gritty of the contract.

The talks between the Times and the union have been highly stressed at moments, so it’s good to hear that a new deal is almost done.

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New York Times and Union Agree to Mediation

Right on the heels of a promise to send one “final offer” to New York Times union members, the company and the Newspaper Guild of New York have decided to bring things to a mediation.

According to the Guild, it suggested that the two parties bring in Martin Scheinman to be the mediator, and the Times agreed. The mediation agreement — at least for now — means that no “final offer” will be made by the Times.

The Guild sounded cautiously optimistic about the news:

Scheinman has been involved in recent mediations and arbitrations involving The Times, and his abilities are respected by both the Guild and the company. It is the belief of both sides that his involvement heightens the potential of reaching a fair and mutually acceptable agreement.

After Arbitrator’s Ruling, Layoffs To Come To Times Later This Week

nyt logo.jpgMartin Scheinman, an arbitrator hearing the dispute between the New York Times‘ management and the guild, ruled yesterday, as promised.

In a press release, and a memo to members, the guild explained that Scheinman had upheld its seniority definition for staffers — meaning seniority will be measured based on how long someone has been in the newsroom overall, and not how long they have been at a particular desk.

But there was one sentence that went out in a memo to guild members, obtained by FishbowlNY, but was not in the press release issued by the guild:

“The Guild is expected to be notified Tuesday of the layoffs, which
would be implemented later this week.”

Sounds like layoffs at the Times are just a few days away.

After the jump, more information from the arbitrator’s ruling

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