Post-Dispatch Union Scribes Suck It Up & Accept Lee Enterprises' Concessions

Wikimedia Commons
Talk to the hand...
The mood was somber on Saturday afternoon as St. Louis Post-Dispatch employees strode into their union meeting to vote on Lee Enterprises' "last, best and final [contract] offer."

The St. Louis Newspaper Guild's contract for P-D employees expired in June 2009; the union and Lee have been in talks ever since, trying to hash out a deal acceptable to both sides. But the negotiations broke down in mid-March, with Lee ultimately submitting a final offer that required employees to submit to a laundry list of concessions.

In an up-or-down vote, the union voted Saturday in favor of adopting the contract, 132 (yes) : 54 (no).

Hello, six-percent pay cuts for the next three years (and potentially longer, depending on revenues), plus unpaid furloughs!

Goodbye retiree health benefits, and seniority when it comes time to pink-slip people (which can happen, but not until after October 1, 2010).

From what Daily RFT is hearing, some employees were surprised that the contract was accepted. At least a few were pissed off. But most, on the whole, simply resigned themselves to the concessions.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault