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Seattle Times Strikers Reject Paper’s Offer

From Times Wire Reports

Striking workers at the Seattle Times rejected the newspaper’s latest contract offer, saying they weren’t willing to accept layoffs that could last as long as a year. The vote, coming in the sixth week of the strike, was 348 to 87, according to the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild. Union leaders had recommended that their members reject the offer. Employees at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who also went on strike Nov. 21, voted Thursday to accept their paper’s contract proposal. That offer didn’t involve layoffs. The Times also said it plans to resume hiring permanent replacement workers, a practice it had halted while settlement talks took place.


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