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Rift in Labor-Management Relations

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Rift in Labor-Management Relations

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'Post' a victim of its own price-cut success

Heavier workload caused by an extra 60,000 copies weighs on pressmen

With a new 15-year contract, a 37% raise by 2014, and plans for a spanking-new printing plant, you'd think the New York Post pressmen and the paper's management would be getting along like old pals.

But a recent dispute over expanded press runs, alleged harassment of union officials, and allegations of a worker slowdown have sparked the New York Newspaper Printing Pressman's Union No. 2 to file three grievances against the Post, while the newspaper has responded with a federal lawsuit.

"It's not the way to go," union President John Heffernan said of the recent developments. "They are making a mistake and causing a poor workplace attitude."

John Amann, the Post's vice president of labor relations, agreed that things had turned negative, but blamed the workers. "To think we are being held hostage by the pressmen is unconscionable," he said.

The troubles began in early September when the Post boosted its daily press run by about 60,000 papers to meet higher demands following a newsstand price cut from 50 cents to 25 cents. …

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