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DETROIT NEWSPAPER AGENCY AND TEAMSTERS LOCAL 372 ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON NON-ECONOMIC ISSUES

 DETROIT NEWSPAPER AGENCY AND TEAMSTERS LOCAL 372 ANNOUNCES
 TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON NON-ECONOMIC ISSUES
 DETROIT, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Negotiators for the Detroit Newspaper Agency and Teamsters Local 372 have reached a tentative agreement on non-economic issues. The agreement would help define how the DNA would carry out a major staffing reduction among Teamster-represented circulation department employees.
 DNA officials called the tentative agreement with the agency's largest union a significant step toward gaining contracts with all its unions.
 Details of the agreement were not divulged.
 The teamsters represent about 1,175 circulation department employees, including drivers, district managers and clerical staff.
 Tim Kelleher, DNA senior vice president/labor relations, said the tentative agreement is important because "the Teamsters had some of the most difficult non-economic issues to settle among all of our unions."
 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 Teamsters volunteers -- for more than the number of jobs the Agency would reduce in that department.
 This morning, the DNA resumed talks with unions representing its mailers, pressmen, paper handlers, printers, photo engravers and the Newspapers Guild, which represents DNA janitors. The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press are holding separate talks with their Guild- represented reporters, artists, editors, and photographers.
 The bargainers are now facing a 4 p.m. contract expiration today. Kelleher said no strike deadline has been set by an union. And he 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.
 The agency has reached tentative agreements -- on both economic and non-economic issues -- with five unions representing skilled trades workers.
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 /CONTACT: Susie Miles of Detroit Newspapers Agency, 313-223-4380/ CO: Detroit Newspaper Agency ST: Michigan IN: PUB SU:


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