Friday, May 30, 2008
Message from Russ Newton SVP Production
As you may know, the parties completed the 27th negotiation session on May 14. In the previous sessions 24 & 25 we achieved tentative agreements on Jury Duty, Arbitration, Funeral Leave and Cafeteria/Vending. However, no tentative agreements were reached in Sessions 26 & 27. In fact, the parties spent two days discussing workdays/hours and overtime. Generally, the Company has proposed controlling its overtime cost and to pay for time actually worked. The union expressed their strong dislike with the Company’s position and ended the day on May 14, 2008, by stating that the union would seek options to “increase their leverage at the table.”
Recently, the attached letter appearing on Teamster letterhead was sent to our advertisers. Apparently, the Union has chosen to address their displeasure at the bargaining table by communicating with LA Times advertisers. This is their right. We are, however, disappointed in the union’s decision and tactics. Nevertheless, we are committed to negotiating in good faith and to achieve the best contract for our business. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for June 16.