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NEWSPAPER GUILD STRIKERS CLAIM VICTORY IN NORRISTOWN, PA.

 NORRISTOWN, Pa., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Newspaper Guild and company negotiators, during a seven-hour session on Wednesday, hammered out an agreement to end the one-day Guild strike against the new ownership of the Norristown Times Herald.
 According to a Local 10, Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia spokesperson, the agreement provides that the new owners, the Journal Register Company, recognize the Guild as the bargaining agent for advertising, circulation, editorial and business office employees and start negotiations for a new contract next Monday, Oct. 4, 1993.
 While restoring wages and rehiring Guild employees fired on Monday, Sept. 27, will be subject to negotiations, the company agreed that in the future, Guild-covered employees would not be disciplined or fired without just cause.
 So the Guild can enforce that provision, the company agreed that any disputes would be subject to binding arbitration.
 The meeting leading to the agreement was asked for by the new owners' representatives during the successful Guild strike on Wednesday morning.
 Previously, the Journal Register Company refused to meet with the Guild or otherwise respond to employees' questions about whether or not they would have a job, how much they would be paid, or what other benefits they would have, said a Guild spokesperson.
 The Guild has represented Times Herald employees for over a decade.
 The Guild strikers unanimously ratified the agreement late Wednesday night and will report to work Thursday on their regular shifts.
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 /For more information, CONTACT: Wayne Cahill, administrative officer of Local 10, Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, 215-928-0118/


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