Seattle Times Proposes Concessions

Seattle Times management and guild leaders about a possible new contract that includes some favorable concessions for newsroom employees.

The package includes:

  • A 1.5% wage increase effective January 2011
  • Seven furlough days in 2011 (which more than negates the raise, but still)
  • Another 1.5% pay increase in 2012, with a maximum of 8 furlough days that year

It also would guarantee no layoffs and no cutting of part-timers’ hours for six months, and create a unique idea: a “furlough bank” so that any employee who takes more than the required amount would be able to apply the credits to a later furlough or donate it to an employee facing hardship.

The proposal goes to a vote January 6.