Sun-Times Union Rejects Demands, Tyree Not Fazed
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 16, 2009 2:20PM
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"I've promised I will keep open this proposal until Sept. 29th, and I'm certainly willing to do that -- but I do not want to get into a negotiation...I recognize from the bottom of my heart that what's being asked of here goes at a lot of people's core values.
"I'm sorry about that. But in my mind there is no other way. There's no room to negotiate work rules or compensation or pensions because I'm planning on our [investor] group losing money for a good long time."
The Chicago Newspaper Guild Sun-Times Unit, representing the S-T employees, issued a statement that said:
"The membership of the Sun-Times Unit outright rejects the Company's Memorandum of Agreement and Settlement that guts our contract and takes away most rights that protects our members. The membership orders the Executive Director to communicate this vote to the company."
"The Guild Sun-Times Unit further states that the Union is willing to bargain with the company on provisions that would help the company survive but not willing to give up the rights of our members."