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Philly Guild to Members: More Pain on the Way

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Philly Guild to Members: More Pain on the Way

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The newspaper guild representing members of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News is recommending a delay in a previously negotiated pay raise, and is encouraging voluntary retirement.

"Guild members will be asked to vote on the company's request to give back our $25 raise negotiated to start in September," Bill Ross, administrative officer with the guild, wrote in a memo. "Although it pains the Guild's Executive Board to take this position, we recommend a vote of YES to delaying the raise until Aug. 1, 2009."

Additionally, the guild said the company plans to reduce staff at some point in the fall a move that will impact copy desks, the photo department, editorial assistant ranks, and management.

The guild has been in talks with the management at the company over the past several months and is in the process of bargaining. Ross wrote that the guild believes the company's problems are "real" and that "a weak economy and an industry that is struggling to find its way in the Internet Age has exacerbated the problems."

Ross warns, "more pain is on the way."

The memo follows:

**On Tuesday, August 26, 2008, Guild members will be asked to vote on the company's request to give back our $25 raise negotiated to start in September. Although it pains the Guild's Executive Board to take this position, we recommend a vote of YES to delaying the raise until August 1, 2009. Over the past few weeks, Guild officers have been in serious discussions with the company on a variety of issues pertaining to our present contract and the contract we expect to begin bargaining over the next few months. …

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