Employees await announcements later this week as to whether the negotiations with the drivers’ union were successful. Failing cost-saving concessions, the paper’s management claims, the Ledger will have to sell or close its operations entirely.
The newsroom has always been non-union and the billionaire family that controls the paper had given lifetime no-layoff guarantees to its reporters and editors so long as the newsroom stayed non-union.
Arwady on July 31 had told stunned employees that the paper was “on life support” and past efforts to cut costs had failed to reverse the losses.
“Despite the best efforts of all of us, the Star-Ledger is losing its battle to survive,” he said at that time.