Strib pressmen boo Harte, spurn his desserts

Really, Chris Harte? Let them eat cake?

Give the Star Tribune publisher credit for stones; even though he’s asking the paper’s Teamsters to take wage cuts of up to 42 percent, Harte showed up at the Strib’s print planting during the holiday season — and earned boos from the pressmen.

That’s according to this highly entertaining report from the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, which also notes that the blue collars refused the paper’s dessert buffet, a downscaled version of the Strib’s traditional holiday party.

According to the report, Harte was greeted by a “No concessions, no dessert” sign in the plant’s cafeteria; workers wore buttons and stickers with the same message.

Harte has demanded workers agree to major cuts by early January or the paper will turn to court-ordered reorganization. Given the hawkish holiday quotes from Teamsters and the newsroom’s Guild leadership, the dessert buffet sounds more like a bankruptcy appetizer.

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Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 12/26/2008 - 09:50 pm.

    I would have stuffed my pockets with as much dessert as possible, those are the times we live in. Most everyone I know had their holiday party canceled. My wife’s employer has already canceled their parties for next year! Good luck to them, not the economy to be in the buggy whip business but I wish them the best.

  2. Submitted by rick johnson on 12/30/2008 - 08:30 am.

    Hmmmmm…..

    Not much demand out there for newspaper pressmen. In addition, there is a tough economy with falling revenues for newspapers.

    These guys serious about not taking the cuts?

    Fine. Good luck looking for another job. I have been for 8 months and would be happy to take theirs.

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