Village Voice staffers narrowly avert strike

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Voice writer and union spokesman Graham A. Rayman posted at 10:15 p.m. Thursday (the staff threatened to go on strike at midnight): "We have reached a tentative agreement that is going to be presented to the membership for their approval in the morning." Editor-in-chief Tony Ortega tells Erik Wemple: "Our number one concern was that the Voice employees join the same healthcare plan as the rest of the company. Their top concern seemed to be that VVM continue to pay their health premiums. Both of those things happened." Ortega predicted in tweets on Thursday that a deal would be made.


UPDATE: Union members unanimously voted to approve the contract Friday morning. Their spokesman says:

We won on two essential points with respect to our health benefits in that employees will continue to make no contribution toward the health care premiums, and there won't be a two-tiered health care arrangement in which newer employees have to accept a lesser plan. These elements really put us ahead of the curve as far as the industry standard.

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