Star Tribune, union break off talksby Martin Moylan, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Star Tribune and the union representing its journalists have broken off talks about millions of dollars in concessions sought by the financially struggling newspaper.
Without $20 million in givebacks from its journalists and other union-represented workers, the Star Tribune has said the paper could face bankruptcy.
Graydon Royce, a leader with the journalists union, says the union and Star Tribune management could not agree on the value of pension and other givebacks the paper sought. So, he says further talks seemed pointless.
"We had a meeting on Wednesday night at which time both sides agreed that there were such fundamentally different approaches to solving whatever contract issues they might have had that it didn't make much sense to stay in the room together," said Royce.
The Star Tribune has said it wants the cost reductions by the middle of this month. The newspaper did not respond to calls for comment.