UPDATED: Talks have been pushed back until 1:30 p.m. The company’s contract lawyer’s plane is delayed.
The guild negotiating team will meet with management at 1 p.m. today at the Vizcaya, 2019 21st. The idea going in was that we’d reach a tentative agreement that would reduce the number of layoffs management is seeking. That plan would then be taken to dues paying members.
Unfortunately, the company has not shared with us the level of cuts sought. And has been borderline non-responsive to a number of questions we’ve asked. Given that, it’s less certain an agreement will be reached today. That may affect the timing of layoffs.
Negotiations are open, so feel free to walk on down and watch the proceedings. Given the magnitude of these decisions, there is a good chance we’ll try to convene a quick meeting sometime this afternoon to get some feedback. If that happens, it will occur during a break in negotiations and there won’t be much time for notification.
Unless talks go into the evening, Ed will offer a further debriefing at Bennies after work.
In an earlier post on the Guild web site Ed said he expected 25 to 27 newsroom layoffs but he later deleted the post and said he does not want to mention a number. Maybe he got smacked down for mentioning 50 to 70 or more layoffs in a previous statement to a TV reporter?
UPDATED: From the latest Guild web site post, there is a 7 PM meeting tonite... I assume there will be an update after the meeting.
UPDATE #2: See the results here.