Friday, December 25, 2009

Talks said 'collapsed' over NYT news service jobs

Last-minute talks between the Newspaper Guild and the New York Times Co. to try to save 26 New York Times News Service jobs from being outsourced to a Florida subsidiary apparently have collapsed, the New York Post's Keith Kelly reports today (second item). NYTCo. had given the Guild a deadline of 5 p.m. yesterday to accept its final and "best offer."

The company announced in November that it planned to cut 26 staff members when it moved its News Service to the non-unionized The Gainesville Sun, where wages are lower. The layoffs were separate from the recent 100 jobs eliminated in The New York Times' newsroom, Kelly notes. "The Guild said it had offered to have members take a 17% wage cut, bringing salaries down to $75,000 a year. New employees would start at $64,000 a year."

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