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DETROIT NEWSPAPER AGENCY SAYS TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS REACHED WITH UNIONS

 DETROIT NEWSPAPER AGENCY SAYS TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS
 REACHED WITH UNIONS
 DETROIT, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Detroit Newspaper Agency (DNA):
 Negotiators for the Detroit Newspaper Agency and two unions announced tentative agreements this evening on all non-economic issues.
 Those reaching tentative agreements on non-economic issues were International Typographical Union Local 18, which represents about 130 composing room employees, and Graphic Communications International Union Local 289, which represents about 35 photo engravers.
 With that announcement, of the 12 unions that represent employees of the agency, five have tentative agreements on all issues, and another three have reached agreement on non-economic issues only.
 Details of the agreements were not divulged.
 Negotiators have extended the contract deadlines to 8 p.m. tonight as they continue to meet at the Detroit News Building.
 Earlier Sunday, the agency announced a tentative agreement on non-economic issues with Teamsters Local 372, the largest union representing DNA employees. The agreement helps define how the agency would carry out a major staffing reduction among Teamster- represented circulation department employees.
 DNA officials called the tentative agreement with the Teamsters a significant step toward gaining contracts with all the unions.
 The Teamsters represent about 1,175 circulation department employees, including drivers, district managers and clerical staff.
 The Teamster-represented circulation area is one of the major areas in which the agency has asked for staffing reductions. A buyout offer by the DNA, offering one-time cash payments of up to $70,000 and up to 10 years of paid health coverage, has already attracted more than 500 Teamster volunteers -- far more than the number of jobs the agency would reduce in that department.
 Tim Kelleher, DNA senior vice president/Labor Relations, said no strike deadline has been set by any union, and said he anticipated that no such action would be taken as long as negotiations continued.
 The agency and the two Detroit newspapers it publishes have continued normal operations throughout the talks, which affect nearly 2,700 employees of the DNA.
 The DNA prints, distributes and sells advertising for The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press under the terms of their joint operating agreement.
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 /CONTACT: Susie Miles of the Detroit Newspaper Agency, 313-223-4380/ CO: Detroit Newspaper Agency; International Typographical Union;
 Graphic Communications International Union; Teamsters Union ST: Michigan IN: PUB SU:


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