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PITTSBURGH PRESS CO. CONTRACTS WITH INDEPENDENT GROUP TO DISTRIBUTE PRESS AND POST-GAZETTE

 PITTSBURGH PRESS CO. CONTRACTS WITH INDEPENDENT GROUP
 TO DISTRIBUTE PRESS AND POST-GAZETTE
 PITTSBURGH, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pittsburgh Press Co. has contracted with an independent group as part of the company's overall plans for the temporary distribution of The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, should Teamsters Local No. 211 not perform the delivery of the newspapers.
 The group is charged with providing the necessary manpower for delivering the newspapers on a temporary basis and is operating independently of the Press Co. in assembling those individuals. The Press Co. has learned that the contractor has independently placed an advertisement in the Boston Herald to solicit temporary drivers for delivery of its newspapers.
 This follows the announcement made by the Press Co. on Tuesday that it would resume daily publication of the two papers as early as July 24. The company invited the unions in the production and advertising departments to negotiate the timing, procedures and manpower required to get the presses rolling again. The papers 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.
 "Unfortunately, we have no choice but to put plans in place to allow for the possibility that the unions may not participate in the delivery of the papers. As the strike by Teamsters Local No. 211 enters its ninth week, the absence of Pittsburgh's two daily newspapers is having a detrimental impact on business, non-profit groups, our readers and advertisers and the community at large," said Pittsburgh Press Co. Vice President and General Manager Jimmy E. Manis.
 "We've made every effort to reach an agreement and it's time to get the presses rolling again. We are hopeful that serious negotiations at the bargaining table can move forward and that significant progress can be made," said Manis. "We remain ready to negotiate in good faith to reach a fair and equitable labor agreement."
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 /CONTACT: Randall P. Notter of Pittsburgh Press Co., 412-263-1766/ CO: Pittsburgh Press Co.; Teamsters Local No. 211 ST: Pennsylvania IN: PUB SU:


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