Strib union: timing of NY Post story ‘a bit curious’

Terming the timing of Sunday’s New York Post story about a possible Star Tribune bankruptcy “a bit curious,” Strib Newspaper Guild leaders also told members today that “we’ve been keenly aware of the company’s financial situation for some time. Nothing has changed with that.”

Just a few hours after publisher Chris Harte’s staff memo, Guild co-chairs Graydon Royce and David Chanen issued their own statement — titled “Happy Monday!” It’s sanguine, up to a point. “The principal lesson we have learned in the past several months is that we should expect the unexpected.”

But the update also contains this nugget of journalistic skepticism, pledging to “keep ourselves aware of the implications of whatever financial crises — real or imagined — crop up.”

Royce and Chanen note that despite the weekend’s angst, labor negotiations will begin on schedule Thursday. Here’s their memo: 

Guild Members:

By now, most of you have heard of the Star Tribune’s engaging Blackstone to advise Avista in restructuring its debt. The New York Post story hinted that the company is headed toward bankruptcy — which Chris Harte denies. What does this mean for Guild negotiations?

It means they will still start later this week, on schedule.

We have been keenly aware of the company’s financial situation for some time. Nothing has changed with that. We will continue to focus on our issues and make every attempt to get the best deal possible given the current climate.

The principal lesson we have learned in the past several months is that we should expect the unexpected. We will maintain that point of view, and keep ourselves aware of the implications of whatever financial crises — real or imagined — crop up. The timing of the Post story days before negotiations are about to begin seems a bit curious to us. However, we need to stay calm and go about our business in negotiations.

Graydon Royce and David Chanen, co-chairs

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by B Maginnis on 05/06/2008 - 09:50 am.

    City Pages?

    Most cats won’t waste their urine on it.

    What this town needs is a NY Post style tabloid.

    Krauthammer and George Will are in the strib enough to keep my sub. They make a lovely counterpoint to the nonsense that appears daily in the left hand column.

    And as long as Babs Flanagan keeps running her old newsreels, and Keillor keeps shaking his cane at the kids running through his yard, I just can’t look away.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 05/06/2008 - 06:39 am.

    Hey Al,

    City Pages doesn’t advertise in the Star Tribune. We are glad that this means you have pledged us your wholehearted, uncritical support.

  3. Submitted by John Olson on 05/06/2008 - 03:50 pm.

    The tired, old mantra I’ve heard for 30+ years now of “liberal bias,” “Red Star,” and so on needs freshening up. They have added Will, Krauthammer and their very own Katherine of the Right. Or doesn’t she count? This is the only state that voted for Mondale for crying out loud! Whaddya expect? 😉

    Past columnists that always sent my right-wingnut buddies scurrying for their monogrammed blood pressure cuffs are pretty much gone. Doug Grow is here, Jim Klobuchar is retired, heck–Nick Coleman is about the only one left to promulgate the elite liberal agenda. Well, don’t forget CJ, Babs and Sid.

    Fewer advertisers are using print media because it no longer reaches their targeted audience like it used to. That’s what is causing the decline…not the “elite liberal agenda.” I will totally agree that the unions face an uphill fight.

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