Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chron reaches tentative deal with Teamsters

The Chronicle reports that it has reached a tentative agreement with Teamsters Local 853 that could eliminate more than 80 of 235 jobs at the paper held by Teamsters members. The union represents delivery drivers and mailers at the Chronicle.

The 235 drivers are scheduled to vote Sunday on what was presented as the company's final offer, said Rome Aloise, the local's secretary-treasurer.

Departing workers would receive two weeks of severance pay for every year of employment, up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

The Teamsters also represent pressmen and mailers, but the Chronicle indicated that it will exercise buyout clauses in their contracts in June when the paper turns its printing over to a non-union operation, Transcontinental, which has built a $200 million, 350,000-square-foot printing plant in Fremont. By the way, Transcon is hiring.

Last month, members of the newspaper's largest union — California Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 — agreed to contract concessions that allowed for the removal of about 150 positions. Around 120 of those have been achieved through voluntary buyouts (see list at left). Layoffs are expected to be announced in coming weeks, the Chron reported.

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