Thursday, January 17, 2008

Negotiations

Mike Huggins has warned us that this would be a tedious process and that most likely the companies aim was decertification, and that we had wait and give them the benifit of the doubt.
That time is coming to pass.
I've read the postings that a group of pressman and a negotiator who's not a Lawyer were up against Times Management and Tribune Lawyers.
Be patient and bear in mind that the Teamsters have over 360 contracts with newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Their Lawyers are well versed in negotiating and will be called in to play when the time comes.
I've also heard that we will not be get anything more than what we have already.
If this comes to pass then this is a win. Just look at the list of the things we have lost.
If that list grows no more- Victory?
Another concern was the state of the newspapers and declining profits.
Seems to be enough profits to give rediculous Bonuses and Golden Parachutes to the gifted that can only concieve of reducing the size the paper and the reduction of staffing.
Most companies would envy a 20% profit margin.
When management makes sacrifices ,then they have the right to ask the same of us.

Till then,
Charlie

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