Thursday, August 24, 2006

Understatement Of The Day: "Challenges" At The Akron Beacon-Journal

Union leader says things may get difficult now that paper's new owner is getting rid of 25 percent of the staff. Ya think?
Andale Gross, a reporter at the Beacon-Journal, and unit secretary for the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, is on the wrong side of the news now that a chunk of the paper's union brethren are getting the ax.
At least the reporters there have a contract, which runs until 2008. Good luck getting the next one.
"We expect there to be some challenges," Gross told Editor & Publisher about future talks. "Negotiations with a new owner. We don't know what that will bring forward. I don't think it is going to be easy."
Gross doesn't know the half of it, given the state of recent contract negotiations at other media outlets, which have been drawn-out and usually unsatisfying to the rank-and-file who hold their noses when voting yes, e.g. San Francisco, Youngstown.
As for "challenges." I guess that's one way of putting it. But the Akron Guild will need more than euphemisms right about now.

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