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PITTSBURGH PRESS COMPANY SAYS BALL NOW IN TEAMSTERS' HANDS AS CALL FROM MEDIATOR AWAITED

 PITTSBURGH PRESS COMPANY SAYS BALL NOW IN TEAMSTERS' HANDS
 AS CALL FROM MEDIATOR AWAITED
 PITTSBURGH, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh Press Company officials said today they can't negotiate by themselves and until Teamsters Local No. 211 officials respond to the company's latest proposal, no progress is going to be made.
 "We genuinely appreciate the calls from elected and community officials expressing their concern and offers of assistance. We've done everything possible to reach a settlement. The ball is now in the hands of Teamsters officials," according to Jimmy E. Manis, vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Press Company.
 The company is now awaiting a response to the company's latest proposal presented on Tuesday, July 21. The proposal contains "offers, counter-proposals or restated positions on virtually all aspects of the proposed agreement. Based on our understanding, Teamsters officials made a commitment to provide a written response as early as Wednesday afternoon. "As of 4 p.m. today, we're still waiting for the call from Mr. Pinto saying they're ready to meet," Manis said.
 "We've made repeated attempts to move this process forward, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) has attempted to move this forward, an now it's time for Teamsters officials to move forward for the benefit of this community," Manis said. "The delaying tactics used by the Teamsters during the past 10 months are not productive. Despite numerous company proposals, the Teamsters have not offered a complete proposal in 10 months," Manis said.
 The comprehensive proposal was presented by the company to Teamsters officials during a bargaining session called by John Pinto of the FMCS on July 21.
 Manis said he appreciated the efforts of the FMCS here in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. "John Pinto and his staff here in Pittsburgh as well as the national director, Mr. DeLury, have provided a variety of mediation services and assistance to get this resolved," Manis said.
 "The bargaining table is where this strike will be settled and we continue to be available, as we have during the past 10 months, to meet at the table or under any other situation," he explained. "We will continue to12-263-1766/ CO: Pittsburgh Press Company; Teamsters Local No. 211 ST: Pennsylvania IN: PUB SU: CON


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