Union, Denver news agency tentatively adopt cuts
DENVER ” Unions representing workers at the Denver Newspaper Agency have reached a tentative agreement on wage and benefit cuts averaging 11.7 percent.
The agency is a joint venture handling business operations of the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. It had sought $18 million in concessions to help cover $130 million in debt.
Agency spokesman Jim Nolan said the company is still negotiating with other unions but that the tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America covers about 900 of the 1,080 union members.
“We’re pleased that we’ve gotten this agreement,” Nolan said.
Concessions include salary cuts averaging 7 percent, 10 unpaid days off for most workers and a suspension of a company 401(k) match.
Tony Mulligan, administrative officer for Denver Newspaper Guild Local 37074, said Wednesday that union members will vote soon on the proposal. Employees covered include those in circulation, production and advertising.
MediaNews Group Inc., which owns The Denver Post and has a 50 percent stake in the DNA, asked unions at the newspaper and the DNA for wage and benefit concessions in December. Post newsroom employees are negotiating separately.
The E.W. Scripps Co. has put the Rocky Mountain News up for sale and says it will make an announcement about the paper’s fate by March 31.
Information from: Rocky Mountain News, http://www.rockymountainnews.com/
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