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'Star-Ledger' Publisher: Drivers Union Key to Paper's Future

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Star-Ledger' Publisher: Drivers Union Key to Paper's Future

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Despite an agreement by its largest union to take about 100 buyouts and accept a three-year wage freeze, The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. could be on the selling block as early as Oct. 9 if other cost-cutting demands are not met.

Publisher George Arwady, in a memo to employees Tuesday morning, praised the 400-person Teamsters Local 1100, which represents mailers, for voting 183-18 on Monday on a new agreement that extends to 2012 and includes the wage freeze and buyouts.

He also said that it appears the 200-person buyout of non-union workers is expected to be achieved before the Oct. 8 self-imposed deadline.

But Arwady stressed in the memo that a new agreement by the 90-person Newspaper Mail and Deliverers Union, which represents drivers, has yet to come to fruition.

" ... the only stumbling block to meeting the three conditions is ratification of an agreement by the Drivers," the memo stated. "We hope that they will take the steps necessary to ratify their draft agreement by the deadline or else The Star-Ledger will be put up for sale on October 9. …

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