Thursday, April 25, 2013

Merc boots Teamster printers

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that the San Jose Mercury News has issued layoff notices to 118 of its Teamster press operators and production workers. Publisher Mac Tully told the Journal that an undetermined number of those workers will be offered jobs at the company’s other non-union printing plants in Hayward and Concord. He said those who are rehired will receive compensation similar to what they receive now. The move comes two weeks after the Merc announced it would be selling its site at Brokaw Road and I-880, and print the paper at the other Bay Area plants. The Chronicle dumped its 220 Teamster printers in 2009 by outsourcing the paper’s printing to Transcontinental, a non-union operation.

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