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June 26, 2015

Strike averted as Newspaper Guild, Philadelphia Media Network agree on tentative 2-year deal

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Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, which represents newsroom employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and, held a rally Thursday as tense contract negotiations continued.

Don't stop the presses!

After a marathon 11-hour negotiating session, the union that represents newsroom employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and on Friday night announced via Twitter that it had reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Media Network.

After a number of extensions, the current contract was set to expire at 12:01 on Sunday, and earlier this month, Guild members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if an agreement could not be reached. The company had said repeatedly that a potential strike would not interfere with the production the two newspapers or the website.

On Thursday, the Guild held a rally outside the company's Market Street headquarters. 

According to Philly Mag's Joel Mathis, neither side will have a public comment before Monday: