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The Nation

Representatives of Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. walked out of contract talks, saying they would return when nine striking unions “are ready to bargain realistically.” A federal mediator said he would meet separately with both sides. The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, both published by the newspaper group, have been idled since Sept. 7, when 4,774 employees walked out in a dispute over wages and other issues. The company offered the unions a $90-weekly raise over three years but the unions want $170. Company negotiators had been meeting with representatives of the Council of Newspaper Unions.


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