<em>Newsday</em> Publisher to Declare Impasse in Union Negotiations - mediabistro.com: FishbowlNY

Terry Jimenez, publisher of Long Island daily Newsday, is prepared to declare an impasse between his paper and its union unless the two sides can reach an agreement by July 5. Such a move would result in an imposition of proposed wage cuts and other concessions previously mooted by the company, he said in a letter to Michael O'Connor, head of the Teamsters' Graphic Communications Conference, Local 406, published by Romenesko.

"Please note that once at impasse, Newsday has the right to implement all or selected parts of each Memorandum of Agreement," Jimenez wrote.

Earlier this week, the union, which has 1,100 members and represents an overwhelming portion of the newspaper's editorial team, voted down a mooted agreement that included a 5% to 10% reduction in wages and a two-year wage freeze.

The collective bargaining has been drawn out and difficult. In January, the union voted down another proposed agreement after Teamsters president James P. Hoffa, son of Jimmy, urged workers not to adopt it.

Newsday is owned by cable provider/media company Cablevision. The parent company and the newspaper have not been on the best of terms of late.