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DETROIT NEWSPAPER AGENCY AND UNIONS WORK TOWARD MIDNIGHT DEADLINE

 DETROIT NEWSPAPER AGENCY AND UNIONS WORK TOWARD MIDNIGHT DEADLINE
 DETROIT, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Contract talks between the Detroit Newspaper Agency and unions representing its workers are continuing, as the two sides work toward a midnight contract expiration.
 DNA President and CEO Frank J. Vega said the talks were "proceeding well" toward tonight's deadline. Vega said he believes both sides are committed to avoiding a strike.
 The Agency, which prints, distributes and sells advertising for The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press under the terms of their joint operating agreement, is seeking new contracts with 12 unions that represent about 3,000 newspaper employees.
 The unions have offered to continue talking into the weekend. Vega said the DNA is determined to resolve the contracts by the deadline.
 Major issues in the talks include the Agency's proposal to reduce over-staffing by offering buyouts to workers (the buyout offers include cash payments of up to $70,000, plus up to 10 years of fully paid health insurance), and a plan to control health care costs for both employees and the company by going to a Blue Cross/Blue Shield "managed care" program (in which employees would use doctors who have agreed to limit their charges to levels set by Blue Cross).
 The Agency has already reached tentative agreements with five of its 12 unions. The unions that have not yet reached agreements include the Teamsters, mailers and pressmen. The two newspapers are carrying on separate talks with the Newspaper Guild, which represents reporters, photographers, artists and some editors.
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