NEWARK – Owners of the Star-Ledger plan to close New Jersey’s largest newspaper by year’s end if production unions don’t make concessions in contract negotiations, the publisher said Wednesday.
In a letter to staff, publisher Richard Vezza said the company felt “pushed into a corner” by the unions, whose contracts expire in July. Vezza said they have until Sept. 27 to make compromises or else the paper will shut down.
“This is not a threat. This is reality,” Vezza said in an interview.
The paper’s website, www.nj.com, is owned by a separate company and will continue to publish “no matter what happens with the Ledger,” Vezza said.
The teachers have been working without a contract since June 30 and the two sides have been negotiating, quietly for the most part, for 15 months.
However the failure to reach an agreement about wages has raised the stakes and the rhetoric in the matter and the teachers union have instructed their members to work only to the specific language of the expired contract and cease all extra and voluntary activities.
School Board President Douglas K. Hughes reacted by issuing a letter to the district Tuesday, which was also posted on the district web site, announcing that the teachers union had decided to “work to contract,” explaining they would “work only to the contractually obligated hours” and informing residents and taxpayers the union had asked their members “not to participate in any unpaid activities.”
What a charmed life Chunky Soup McNabb leads. His career with the Eagles was impressive in some respects but McNabb could never follow through for a Super Bowl victory. So after more than a decade as Number 5, he got traded to the Washington Redskins.
During Donovan’s first year with the Redskins he is again mired in controversy and got benched by the team’s coach Mike Shanahan because he can’t grasp the team’s offense. Media hype and speculation about what the benching meant ensued.
So yesterday I read that Donovan has just signed a whopping $78.5 million dollar, 5-year contract with the Redskins. The $78.5 million would be if Donovan gets resigned and he completes all the incentives, however, this is still a huge amount of money for an “on again, off again”, nearly 34-year-old quarterback. Certainly more faith than I would put in Mr. McNabb based on present and past performances.
As a big thank you to the Redskins owner Dan Snyder, Donovan gets the stuffing beat out of him, at home, before the ink is dry.
After this huge loss to the Eagles (59-28), the Redskins drop to 4-5 for the season. Hardly a record that merits a contract of that size IMHO!
Together workers at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center are taking a stand for our patients, our community, and our future. We are united for a fair contract that allows us to best serve our community and to take care of our families. Together, we believe it is absolutely essential that our employer, CHS, come to the table to bargain with us in good faith.
Join us as we come together at a Candlelight Vigil.
Tonight’s Board Of Directors Meeting for Pottstown Memorial Medical Center had a larger than normal audience. The meeting was held in a classroom at the Chestmont Professional Building, across from the hospital.
Dozens of hospital workers, union officials and press packed the small room while PMMC CEO John Kirby presented the board with a power point presentation outlining the growth and changes at the hospital.
Dr. Whitaker, Chairman of the Board, allowed comments and questions from the audience regarding the benefit changes being proposed by CHS (the owner of PMMC). One hospital employee passed a petition of support for the union workers to the Board of Directors and asked if anyone would sign it as a show of solidarity to the employees of our community hospital.
John Kirby answered all the questions that were presented. He deferred discussing most talking points due to the ongoing contract negotions process that was already in place.
The meeting was fairly short and we were thanked for our time and interest in attending by Dr. Whitaker. The meeting was adjourned.
There was a brief rally in the parking lot to discuss any impact tonight’s visit may have made on the board.
The contract negotiations are continuing but without much success.
Pottstown Mayor Sharon Thomas was there to show her support for hospital employees. Doug Pike, Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives 6th Congressional District, was also in attendance to show his support for hospital workers.
I was able to snap a few pictures, despite the darkness, to capture the moment for my readers.