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PITTSBURGH PRESS COMPANY TO RESUME PUBLICATION OF PITTSBURGH PRESS AND POST-GAZETTE

 PITTSBURGH PRESS COMPANY TO RESUME PUBLICATION
 OF PITTSBURGH PRESS AND POST-GAZETTE
 PITTSBURGH, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Press Company will resume daily publication of The Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as early as July 24 and has invited the unions in the production and advertising departments to negotiate the timing, procedures and manpower required to get the presses rolling again, it was announced today.
 The Pittsburgh Press Company's announcement follows more than 10 months of negotiations, a strike by Teamsters Local No. 211 now in its 58th day and numerous proposals by the company designed to reach fair and equitable contracts.
 In making today's announcement, Pittsburgh Press Company Vice President and General Manager Jimmy E. Manis said, "The strike is having a detrimental effect on the lives and businesses of thousands of Pittsburghers who depend on the city's two daily newspapers for news, information and advertising.
 "After making every effort to reach agreements during the past 10 months, we firmly believe the time has come to put the interests of this community in the forefront," Manis said.
 Manis said many of the details regarding the resumption of publishing, including the actual start date, would depend on the response by the unions. He said that publication would resume "with or without the cooperation of the unions."
 The city's two daily newspapers have not been published since May 17 when the Teamsters Union called a strike against the company over plans for a new newspaper distribution system. As a result, the Pittsburgh Press Company ceased publication of both newspapers thereby idling many employees involved in the production and advertising departments.
 Officials of the unions representing employees presently not working as a result of the strike were notified this morning of the company's plans to resume publishing. The company also notified officials of unions who represent employees that are working. Manis said the company is prepared to continue meeting with officials of Teamsters Local No. 211 and the other unions as often as possible in an effort to reach a fair settlement and end the strike.
 Although representatives of the Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council have publicly stated that no employees will return to work until contracts with all 10 unions at the company are signed, Manis said he hopes the unions' leadership will recognize the harm to the community this strike is causing and will work to get the presses rolling again.
 The Pittsburgh Press Company has published the Allegheny Bulletin during the strike and Manis said the publication has done its job of temporarily filling the gap left by the absence of the two daily newspapers. "There's just no replacement for what The Press and Post-Gazette give Pittsburgh readers and advertisers on a daily basis," Manis said.
 According to Manis, the strike which has halted publication of the two daily newspapers has had an impact on nearly every aspect of the Pittsburgh community. This includes businesses which depend on advertising, nonprofit groups which rely on publicity, and individuals looking for jobs or wanting to buy, sell or rent homes through the classifieds. "While we have pursued every possible way to reach a timely agreement, it has become obvious that the unions have a different agenda," Manis said.
 Last October, the Pittsburgh Press Company announced plans for a new newspaper delivery system using up to 30 distribution centers and a network of adult carriers. Similar to systems already in place at major metropolitan newspapers across the country, it has shown to substantially improve service to subscribers and to offer greater flexibility to advertisers.
 "From the very beginning, Teamsters officials have chosen confrontation over negotiation. The tactics, orchestrated by out-of-town strike specialists coordinated by the International Newspaper Unions' Newspaper Industry Coordinating Committee (NICC) aided by the AFL-CIO, have included the formation of a 'Unity Council' of newspaper unions, advertiser boycotts, subscriber cancellation drives, creation of a strike newspaper, and rallies," Manis said. "If the energy devoted to these activities had been channeled into the negotiating process, a settlement would have been reached long ago.
 "We are aware of the impact this new delivery system will have on employees in our transportation and circulation departments. At the same time, improving customer service and becoming more efficient are critical to every business today, and the newspaper business is no exception," Manis said.
 "When changes led to job reductions for other unions in the past, the company and the affected union worked out a fair and equitable solution. While we have made similar offers in the case of the Teamsters, those offers have been rebuffed. We cannot continue to sit by and allow this situation to have such a detrimental impact on the people of Pittsburgh," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Randall P. Notter of The Pittsburgh Press Company, 412-263-1766/ CO: The Pittsburgh Press Company; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Teamsters
 Local No. 211; Pittsburgh Newspaper Unions Unity Council ST: Pennsylvania IN: PUB SU: CON


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