Saturday, March 3, 2007

MediaNews nixes contract in Santa Cruz

The new owner of the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group, has told the union representing the paper's 10 press operators that it will not honor its current contract, according to a story in the Sentinel which provided no salary figures. The 10 men are preparing to put in for union jobs at other papers in the area, though shop steward Jeff Styczynski said such jobs are few. Styczynski said about half of the Sentinel's 10 pressmen have told the union they would be willing to work in the press room of the Mercury News, also owned by MediaNews. But they would have to take a pay cut to do so. Union members at the Mercury News recently signed a two-tier contract that pays new employees a lower rate. It is possible that the Sentinel will be published in San Jose and trucked to Santa Cruz. The article notes that the Sentinel has been printed in Santa Cruz since June 14, 1856.

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