The contract also allows the newspaper to move its copy editing and design operations to Walnut Creek and finance and circulation to San Ramon. Pay will be reduced by 7 percent for the remainder of this year, and an additional 2 percent starting on Jan. 1, 2010. Employees also took a one-week unpaid furlough earlier this year. The company can require another five-day furlough in 2010. ...
"This is a tough contract that will hurt a lot of our members, but it reflects the terrible situation that the news industry and the country is in," said San Jose Guild President Sylvia Ulloa, who was on the bargaining committee. "The committee did the best we could do to limit the damage to our members, minimize the loss of jobs and to try to maintain the quality of the Mercury News," she said.
Jun 2, 2009
Mercury News workers approve contract
Employees at the San Jose Mercury News voted Monday to approve an austerity contract that includes substantial wage and benefit cuts aimed at heading off another round of layoffs at the already stricken newspaper. The vote was 127-79. The Mercury News reports: