Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Newspaper agency's deadline approaches

The Denver Newspaper Agency is running out of time to get $18 million of union concessions by its stated Jan. 16 deadline.

Only the Teamsters, which represents two of the six unions involved, has started looking at the agency's books after signing a nondisclosure agreement, said Tony Mulligan, president of the newspaper agency's six-union council.

The Communications Workers of America, which represents three unions including the Denver Newspaper Guild - by far the largest union in the agency - is still working to get an auditor to Denver to take a look at the financials, Mulligan said.

There's also a union representing eight platemakers.

Union leaders have said they won't even consider reopening their labor contracts until they look at the newspaper agency's financial documents.

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