Little Progress Made In Merc Talks

Bargaining continues with the San Jose Mercury News and the San Jose Newspaper Guild.

When we last checked in with them, the company was asking guild-covered employees to accept a provision that freezes vacation accrual for the next three months.

The guild says now that this move would save the company $200,000.

The bargaining committee met last week and put forth its own counterproposal, which includes, in the guild’s words:

A 2 percent wage increase beginning June 30, 2011.
A restoration of the 401K match.
An 18-month contract expiring June 4, 2012.
Opposition to the company’s proposal to enforce five-day furloughs.

So….long way to go to meet in the middle, we suspect.