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Indy Guild Voting Today on New Contract with 10% Pay Cut

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Indy Guild Voting Today on New Contract with 10% Pay Cut

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The Indianapolis News Guild, which overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from The Indianapolis Star in June that included a 12% pay cut, is voting today on another proposal that has a 10% pay cut and a two-year salary freeze.

In an e-mail to members, Guild President Tom Spalding said the offer is the "best deal" the union could get. "It isn't a great package, but it's the one that does the least amount of damage," he wrote.

The agreement, if ratified, would apply to about 170 Star employees, including reporters, photographers, librarians, copy editors, clerks, and some maintenance workers. It also allows more flexibility to the paper to assign "non-traditional" jobs to guild members, but keeps seniority rights in place in the event of layoffs.

The guild spent nearly 10 months in contract talks before reaching a tentative agreement on the two-year contract Aug. 7.

This follows the guild rejection of a previous offer June 30, which went down in a 97-9 vote. …

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