Buffalo Newspaper Guild

CWA Local 31026

News seeks to end bargaining: Contract talks turn sour with unacceptable company offer

Nearly six months after bargaining started, we stand at a crucial turning point.

On Monday, The News abruptly changed course in contract talks by presenting a “package proposal” to The Guild that would end negotiations with a deal that expires July 31, 2015.

The package provides no pay raise or bonus — not a penny.

It withdraws some company proposals, such as changes to the Classified department, and includes a host of measures management advanced during bargaining that it said would provide it with more flexibility, efficiency or savings. The Guild and The News have tentative agreements or were close to agreement on those measures. continue»