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Cutting Their Own Deal

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Cutting Their Own Deal

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AFTER BREAKING THE Newspaper Guild local, and throwing 280 people out of work, in the process of acquiring the New York Post from bankruptcy, News Corp. Ltd. chairman Rupert Murdoch is hiring.

In a help-wanted display ad in the Newark Star-Ledger, the Post was trying to attract reporters, editors, photographers, advertising sales people and clerks with the promise of "Exciting Opportunities At The Revitalized New York Post."

Post executives have not said how many of the former Guild- represented workers in news, advertising and business operations would be rehired after their strike was broken by management employees and members of craft unions. The union expected that as many as 200 of the workers that it represents would be replaced.

Tom Pennacchio, secretary-treasurer of the Guild local, said the union does not know how many Guild-represented workers were rehired.

Pennacchio said the unions request for a head count was refused. The union legally would remain the bargaining agent if at least half of its former members are rehired. About 20 members have quit the union, he said.

One reporter who was rehired, Bill Hoffmann, said eight reporters were rehired from what was a staff of about 50. He said the newsroom, currently about half its former size, was working hard, with many aggressive young reporters on the job and others being interviewed. …

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