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Union Chief Optimistic About Star-Ledger Future

Friday, July 05, 2013

New Jersey's largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger in Newark, has been making headlines itself and raising concerns about the future of a Pulitzer-winning publication.

INTRO:New Jersey's largest newspaper, the Star Ledger in Newark, has been making headlines itself and raising concerns about the future of a Pulitzer-winning publication. But New Jersey Public Radio's Terri Langford reports, the union rep is optimistic about the paper's future. 
The Star-Ledger's publisher has said he would have to shut down the paper in December if union concessions were not made. The daily is on track to lose about 20 million dollars this year. This week, the publication revealed its headquarters are up for sale.
But Ed Shown, who represents the Star-Ledger's 300 union workers, says a deal with the paper is close at hand. Although he won't give details, Shown doesn't believe the paper will shut down. 
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Shown says selling the Star-Ledger's mostly empty building makes good business sense. Union discussions continue July 12th. 
For WNYC, I'm Terri Langford 

The Star-Ledger's publisher Richard Vezza has said he would have to shut down the paper in December if $9 million in concessions were not made by the unions. Last year, the Star-Ledger lost nearly $20 million and is on track to lose the same amount this year. This week, the publication revealed its headquarters building is up for sale.

But Ed Shown, who represents the Star-Ledger's 300 union workers, said a deal with the paper is close at hand. Although he would not give details, Shown said he does not believe the paper would have to shut down. He told WNYC he is confident that a new contract would be struck.
"I think the Ledger is going to publish for many years to come," Shown said. "Certainly we live in challenging economic times but I think with everyone's cooperation we'll continue to thrive."   

Shown also said that selling the Star-Ledger's mostly empty building makes good business sense. Union discussions continue July 12th. 

 

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