June 26, 2015
Don't stop the presses!
After a marathon 11-hour negotiating session, the union that represents newsroom employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com on Friday night announced via Twitter that it had reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Media Network.
Tentative two-year agreement reached between the Guild and PMN management tonight. #Settled— Newspaper Guild PHL (@TNGLocal10) June 27, 2015
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:
Just talked to @swischnowski. He deferred comment to the guild. Waiting for those folks to emerge.— Joel Mathis (@joelmmathis) June 27, 2015
Guild leadership emerges. They won't talk either. Details of the tentative agreement will be released to members on Monday.— Joel Mathis (@joelmmathis) June 27, 2015