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LEADERS OF NATION'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER UNIONS SCHEDULE MEETING TO PRESENT UNIFIED LABOR FRONT TO DETROIT-AREA PUBLISHERS

 LEADERS OF NATION'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER UNIONS SCHEDULE MEETING
 TO PRESENT UNIFIED LABOR FRONT TO DETROIT-AREA PUBLISHERS
 DETROIT, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- National and local leaders of the country's largest newspaper unions will meet in Detroit tomorrow (Thursday, March 12) to present a unified labor front to Detroit-area publishers currently bargaining with metropolitan-area unionized newspaper employees.
 Meeting as the Newspaper Industry Coordinating Committee (NICC), the national union leaders and local newspaper union representatives will hold a 3:30 p.m. news conference at the Metro Airport Marriott Hotel (Garden Room I and II) to answer questions about the unions' role in 1992 Macomb Daily and Daily Tribune (Adams Publishing) and Detroit Newspaper Agency, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press contract negotiations.
 "We want to show Adams Publishing, the News, Free Press and the Detroit Newspaper Agency that Detroit's unions realize the importance of unity and are committed to looking out for one another," Elmer Chatak said.
 Chatak, secretary-treasurer of the national AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Department, chairs the NICC. Besides the half-million-member Industrial Union Department, NICC includes the Communications Workers of America, the Graphic Communications International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and The Newspaper Guild.
 The three-year-old NICC, which meets monthly to discuss newspaper labor issues, has worked successfully around the country to encourage union unity and to formulate strategies for winning fair contracts. The group has helped win contracts at the New York Daily News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Denver Post and at the Examiner and Chronicle in San Francisco. NICC is currently working with unions in Pittsburgh and Dayton, Ohio, and has been active in submitting resolutions to Knight- Ridder, Inc. shareholders that advance the workers' interests.
 The group is meeting in Detroit to applaud local leaders' efforts to work together and to show concern for publishers' bargaining tactics at Adams Publishing's Macomb Daily and The Daily Tribune and at the Detroit Newspaper Agency.
 To mark the group's Detroit visit, some 3,000 Adams, Newspaper Agency, News and Free Press union members will wear "Unions United" stickers on March 12.
 "We're excited to be coming to a city where our union brothers and sisters truly know the meaning of the saying 'in unity there is strength,'" Communications Workers printing and publishing division President William Boarman said.
 Operating as the Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions, five Detroit newspaper local unions and the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO have launched a full-scale community campaign to win new contracts for 200 Macomb Daily and Daily tribune employees. The old contracts expired on Sept. 30, 1991.
 "We are very proud of the courageous and united stand union members have taken against these papers and their unfair contract take-away demands," Newspaper Guild President Charles Dale said.
 Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Council unions are bargaining at the Detroit Newspaper Agency, News and Free Press to win contracts to replace those expiring on April 30, 1992.
 With the onset of DNA bargaining, the Metropolitan Council now includes the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, the Graphic Communications International Union Local 13N, the Graphic Communications International Union Local 289M, the Detroit Typographical Union No. 18, the Teamsters Local 372, the Newspaper Guild Local 22, and the Detroit Mailers Union Local 2040.
 NICC leaders said they are concerned about reports that the Detroit Newspaper Agency has been making plans to provoke a strike and to replace newspaper union members with scabs.
 "The DNA's provocative public statements concern the unions," Graphic Communications President James Norton said. "We're not looking for a war; we want contracts," he said.
 Teamster newspaper division director Tom McGrath stressed that no matter what position the DNA takes, the unions will stick together and do what it takes to achieve fair settlements in Detroit.
 "The days where a publisher can make deals with one union at the expense of all the employees are long gone in the newspaper industry," he said.
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