Newsday Union Members Reject “Horrible” Contract

Landslide rebuttal sends parties back to negotiating table

The members of Newsday’s largest union have resoundingly rejected a proposed contract from the Cablevision Systems Corp.-owned newspaper that sought pay cuts, a longer workweek and less vacation time.

Members of the 1,100-strong Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 406 voted overwhelmingly Jan. 24, 473 to 10, against the deal, which, among other sticking points, demanded 10-percent salary reductions for all employees, 15-percent pay cuts for delivery drivers, a 40-hour workweek and the loss of a week’s vacation.