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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sign of the Times at the LA Times


The Los Angeles Times Orange County Facility was scheduled to be shut down on March 15th, 2010, but has been given several reprieves, is now set to close on June 15th, 2010. I’m hearing that the plant may continue running one press twice per day until further notice, let’s see what happens. As you know the Orange County Register changed ownership, which means there is a slight chance the Los Angeles Times may produce their newspaper sometime in the near future.

Pressman Mark Austin discovered he’s unable to add his daughter to the Tribune Company health care plan till January 1st, 2011 under the new Obama health care package.

Another colleague from the Orange County Plant was informed the Tribune Company does not reimburse union members for using public transportation. And we thought the Tribune Company was a green company.

Employees at the Los Angeles Times California Community News in Irwindale have begun signing pledge cards to form a union. One of the workers that came outside and spoke with us on Monday shared what our VP of Operations told her and her colleagues: “Don’t trust the union, trust me like my workers at the Los Angeles Times Olympic Facility do!” We had a great laugh after this was shared.

1 comment:

$.02 said...

I remember having a conversation with Russ Newton about the closure of Chatsworth. He was curious to know if the Valley Plant workers were upset because of the distances many were now subjected to traveling. And, that if they were, they should know that the Irwindale printers were making half the money we were and some of them were traveling much further-- to keep their job.
I know, in keeping his job, Russ has to do many things. But, now, with a very reduced work force (e.g. direct contacts), and the imminent closure of Costa Mesa-- will Mr. Newton be subject to a reduction in pay commensurate with his new work load?