Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Labor Dispute Has Union Leader Newsers Operating Incognito

Old Man of the Mountain on 26 April 2003, 7 da...Image via WikipediaPicketers at public events involving the N.H. presidential primary were not limited to those showing their disdain for the field of GOP candidates; some were photogs and reporters for the Granite State's only statewide daily, the N.H. Union Leader, protesting a protracted contract dispute with management, according to a report by a rival, The Nashua Telegraph.

Where the names of journalists and photographers usually appear in the daily accompanying their work, the word Staff instead appears, as the paper endures a two-week byline strike. Negotiations between management and the Newspaper Guild have dragged on for months.

Although offering a better pay scale and benefits package than most of its in-state competitors (Full Disclosure: the devoted staff of "TUOL" long ago wrote for the Union Leader  when New Hampshire's "Man of the Mountain" was still a boy), the increased use of correspondents, who are not covered by the contract, doesn't sit well with staffers. Correspondents' bylines continue to appear in the Union Leader as the strife continues.
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