The union representing staffers at The Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. is backed into a tough corner: their owner, Media News Group, has been pushing for pay cuts for several months now, and finally demanded that the union take their offer, or face the immediate firing of 25 to 26 employees.
Luckily, the Pioneer Press Newspaper Guild (which represents employees in the editorial, advertising, and distribution departments) has come up with a counter-agreement that involves a slicing of the workweek to compensate for the pay cut. In a memo circulated yesterday, the union stated, “Adding it up, we will be taking home 9 to 10 percent less this year than called for in the contract. But it’s also true that we will be working 8 percent fewer hours.”
Though the deal will not be ushered into practice until ratified by union members, union leaders claim it “is the best — or the least bad — option” from their list of alternatives.
Official memo from the union, via MinnPost, after the jump.
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