By a vote of 15 to 1, Guild members at the York Daily Record have ratified a two-year contract to replace the agreement that expired nearly nine years ago.
WBNG Executive Director Cet Parks said that the bargaining committee and publisher were to sign the contract within a few days of the Aug. 14 ratification vote.
Among the highlights of the contract are improvements to health-care coverage. “Within 30 days there will be an open enrollment period,” said Unit Chairperson Erin McCracken. “Everyone will have a choice among the PPO and high-deductible plans.
“We were told that there will be a second open enrollment at the normal time in November,” she added. “Your choice then will lock you into the plan for the coming year.”
The contract with the Guild was negotiated by a representative of California News Partnership, which is part of the Los Angeles News Group, which is owned by Digital First Media (DFM). MediaNews Group of Denver, the former owner of DFM, merged with 21st Century Media in January 2014. 21st Century Media was formerly the Journal Register Company.
The last Guild contract at the Daily Record was a three-year agreement that expired Sept. 30, 2005. (According to a management-provided “York Daily Record CBA Timeline,” there were no negotiations from November 2008 to March 2014.)