Tuesday, July 08, 2008
According to sources, that have requested to remain anonymous, management at the Los Angeles Times feels the pressroom employees are on the verge of walking out because the Tribune Company refuses to negotiate in good faith. Many of the pressroom supervisors were trained today in the art of making straight-line make-ups, if the need were to arise and the majority of personnel in the pressroom called in sick.
After speaking with several union representatives, it was agreed this would be suicide, as Tribune Management would replace anyone and everyone with eight dollar per hour workers from California Community News.
Seems very peculiar management would cancel today’s union negotiations in order to train supervisors this morning, with my crewmembers present. And furthermore, why wasn’t the training done on Sunday or Monday mornings when no one is working in the pressroom but the five roller crewmembers?
Tribune Management is sending a message to every pressperson working in both pressrooms; get involved in a work action and you will be replaced.