Newspaper handlers' union ratifies contract

Posted: February 06, 2013

The union representing paper handlers at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News ratified a new two-year contract Monday after having rejected a tentative agreement Friday.

Brian Reice, president of Teamsters Local 169, which represents 23 warehouse employees of Interstate General Media L.L.C., said the initial agreement was rejected based on the wording. After union leaders met with company officials over the weekend, members voted Monday, with 98 percent supporting the agreement, he said.

With the approval by the paper handlers, Interstate General Media has new contracts in place for 10 of its 11 unions. All of the contracts have contained concessions by labor that the media company has said are needed to return it to profitability.

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, which represents 550 newsroom, advertising sales, circulation and finance department employees, has scheduled a ratification vote on a new two-year deal for Thursday evening.    - Mike Armstrong

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