February 2, 2013 |
The parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the last and largest of its 11 unions Thursday, a key step in the company's efforts to return to profitability. The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia said it had tentatively agreed to a two-year contract for its 550 members that includes a one-time 2.5 percent across-the-board wage cut but also commits the company to maintaining its current printing schedule for its two daily newspapers in 2013 and 2014.
January 29, 2013 |
The Teamsters local at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News overwhelmingly approved a new two-year labor contract with Interstate General Media that allows for continued publication of the two newspapers, the head of the union, John Laigaie, said Sunday night. Without giving an exact count, Laigaie estimated 98 percent of the members who voted Sunday approved the contract. Local 628, based in Montgomery County, represents about 300 truck drivers, security officers, building service employees, and others.
January 23, 2013 |
There's no delicate way to put this: On the first day of work on his new job, newspaper writer Geoff Edgers castrated a bull calf. Later that day, he ate the harvested organ after it was sliced, battered, and deep-fried. If that wasn't enough, he also had to eat a still-beating rattlesnake heart. Edgers is writer, co-creator, and host of a new weekly Travel Channel show, Edge of America , that takes the Boston Globe reporter on "the great American road trip" to experience firsthand some of the things Americans like to do for fun. Set in a different state each week, including Minnesota, Oregon, California, and, yes, Pennsylvania, the 13-episode first season premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. The debut puts Edgers right smack in the middle of the Union, in Oklahoma.
January 19, 2013 |
The largest union representing workers at the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com has agreed to begin early bargaining on a new contract as management of the media company continues to seek ways to cut expenses. The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia told its members Thursday that it agreed to resume bargaining with Interstate General Media L.L.C. on Friday afternoon, but stressed that should talks break down, the 550 members it represents would be protected under the current contract, which expires in October.
January 18, 2013 |
Philadelphia Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross resigned Wednesday, effective immediately, as head of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, which represents 550 unionized newsroom, advertising, and other employees of Interstate General Media L.L.C., parent company of The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. In a statement issued by the guild, Gross said he had applied for a voluntary-separation program announced by the company last Thursday and had been approved for a buyout package.
January 18, 2013 |
The National Hockey League today took out full-page ads in dozens of newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, apologizing for the lockout and thanking fans for their patience. The ad - a four paragraph letter - paints a positive picture of what remains of the season, avoids pointing fingers at the players' union and takes no blame for the 119 day lockout. "We placed this ad in approximately 40 newspapers across the U.S. and Canada - at least one in each of our teams' 30 markets and in a handful of national newspapers in both countries," said John Dellapina, the NHL's vice president in charge of communications.
December 30, 2012 |
Penn's student newspaper reported Friday that five Quakers men's basketball players were suspended for a game last week for failing random drug tests. After the 83-60 loss at Delaware on Dec. 21, coach Jerome Allen said the players - Miles Cartwright, Steve Rennard, Tony Hicks, Henry Brooks, and Darien Nelson-Henry - were suspended for violating team rules. The Daily Pennsylvanian, however, citing an anonymous source, said that the players were disciplined for failing drug tests.
December 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK - A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions - and a healthy dose of outrage. The Journal News, a Gannett Co. newspaper covering three counties in the Hudson Valley north of New York City and operating the website lohud.com, posted a story Sunday detailing a public-records request it filed to obtain the information. The 1,800-word story headlined, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," said the information was sought after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., about 50 miles northeast of the paper's headquarters in White Plains.
December 24, 2012 |
LANCE ARMSTRONG is being sued for more than $1.5 million by a British newspaper over the settlement of a libel action, which followed doping allegations against the cyclist that it published. The Sunday Times paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $485,000) in 2006 to settle a case after it reprinted claims from a book in 2004 that he took performance-enhancing drugs. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency concluded this year that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams.