A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked Tribune Co.'s sale of aConnecticut newspaper to Gannett Co., citing pending arbitration proceedingswith unionized newsroom employees.
U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello issued a preliminary injunction ofGannett's acquisition of The (Stamford) Advocate. The injunction expires April6, the day by which Covello said an arbitrator should rule.
Local 2110 of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural ImplementWorkers of America has said that Gannett does not plan to honor the contractwith the union's 36 reporters and photographers.
Maida Rosenstein, president of Local 2110, said the union is seekingprotections so that Gannett will honor the workers' contract.
Tribune Co. spokesman Gary Weitman said an arbitration hearing has been setfor Friday.
Tribune, whose media holdings include the Chicago Tribune, announced thismonth that it would sell the Advocate and Greenwich Time newspapers, with acombined circulation of 39,000, for $73 million.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times