December 13, 2006

Strike Out!

This just in: Ongoing strike threat adverted here in Philadelphia. The Newspaper Guild and Philadelphia Media Holdings, which now own the Inquirer and Daily News, have agreed on a new contract.

From the Inquirer (via Will Bunch on Attytood): 

... Negotiators for The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News and their largest labor union initialed a tentative labor agreement late last night, capping months of often acrimonious contract talks.

"It's a very difficult agreement" that will force the union to make tough choices about the future extent of medical coverage for advertising, news, circulation and finance workers and retirees at the papers, union president Henry J. Holcomb warned...

See posts by Steve Volk at the Philadelphia Weekly, Karl Martino at Philly Future. Have a look, too, at the website staffers planned to launch had the strike have gone ahead.