Toledo Blade Newsroom Employees March After Contract Talks Fall Apart

More than 50 Toledo Blade employees marched outside the newspaper’s offices yesterday to demonstrate against the company’s $8.8 million in proposed cuts, the Blade reported.

The 50 employees represented members of the Toledo Council of Newspaper Unions fighting to keep their jobs. Nearly 200 jobs would be cut under the newspaper’s plan to outsource production and distribution, classified advertising artists, and advertising services.

The unions offered a total of $7.2 million in concessions but “talks collapsed after they could not agree on a proposed 15 percent pay cut and increased health-insurance premium costs for employees.”

The negotiations affect 330 employees, including those in the newsroom. All guild-covered employees saw their contracts expire Feb. 28, but they’re continuing to work under the old contract, for now.

All eight unions in the Toledo Council have authorized a strike if necessary.