The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia and Interstate General Media "agreed to begin early bargaining on a new contract," Guild Executive Director Bill Ross and Acting President Howard Gensler tell members in an email. The agreement came during "a productive meeting" Thursday morning.
IGM owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Its owners had demanded $8 million in concessions from the union or would begin liquidating the company
, the Guild said last Friday. Guild President Dan Gross resigned Wednesday
after he said he was taking a buyout from the Daily News.
If the parties can't come to an agreement or if the Guild's members don't approve an agreement, the Guild says, "our existing contract stays in effect until it expires in October."
Daniel Denvir published an account of the news organizations' struggles
' in Philadelphia City Paper Thursday, looking at "questionable editorial choices" and some newsroom sniping about Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow.
Former Sun columnist Mike Littwin, according to sources, infuriated Marimow by writing a union memo critical of management. Littwin came to Marimow’s office and told him, “Bill, it isn’t personal.” Marimow opened a copy of The Godfather and pointed out the passage where Michael Corleone says, “Don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal.” Littwin was transferred soon thereafter; he filed a grievance and won a settlement, sources say.
Here's the Guild memo: