Monday, June 22, 2009

New Contract Ratified

Voting Guild-members of the Los Angeles Daily News unanimously approved a new two-year contract Tuesday.

The new contract will run through June 2011 but includes language that will allow the Guild to reopen negotiations on wages after 12 months.

Negotiations between the membership bargaining committee and the company began in late February, concluding with a tentative agreement that was reached two weeks ago.

The contract is the fourth to be ratified by California Guild membership at MediaNews papers since the beginning of the year. The Press-Telegram membership ratified a new contract in January and the Bay Area News Group-East Bay and San Jose Mercury News units each ratified new contracts earlier this month.

A finalized version of the newly-ratified Daily News contract will be made available to members within the next several weeks.