The Toledo Council of Newspaper Unions announced May 23 its member unions all have reached tentative agreements with The Blade on collective bargaining agreements.
According to a news release, details of the agreements are being withheld pending ratification votes by the members of each union. The votes were expected to take place at press time.
As a result of the agreements, the release said, locked-out workers will be returning to their jobs with the newspaper as soon as “practicable.”
They also will share in a monetary settlement from The Blade in consideration for the dismissal of all legal disputes and outstanding unfair labor practice charges filed by the locked-out unions, the release said.
Some job cuts would be made as part of the agreements, Larry Vellequette, spokesman for the Toledo Council of Newspaper Unions, told the Associated Press.
The TCNU will discontinue its all-fronts boycott of The Blade upon ratification of the agreements.
The March 31, 2007 FAS-FAX report from Audit Bureau of Circulations reported a drop in total paid subscribers of The Blade. According to the report, total paid circulation for Sunday subscriptions fell from 167 , 686 in March 2006 to 154,566 in March 2007. Saturday subscriptions fell from 139,886 in March 2006 to 120,847 in March 2007. Monday through Friday subscriptions fell from 129,291 in March 2006 to 125,956 in March 2007.
- Things are quiet at Toledo’s television stations. Brian Trauring, news director at 13ABC, said “the sweeps are winding down and most TV stations are ready to start their summer reruns or summer shows.”
- Brian Wilson, program director and afternoon talk host of WSPD-AM 1370, told me, “After criticizing WSPD talk host Fred Le-Febvre as a ‘major nitpicker’ for having the audacity to question the King of Toledo’s fiscal irresponsibility (aka: spending money like the legendary ‘drunken sailor’), WSPD will be accepting applications for Privateers in Major Nitpicker’s Army of Concerned Citizens. Anyone who also believes His Finkiness has no clue about responsible governmental spending and/or thinks Public Sector or belt-tightening in tough budgetary times just makes sense is invited to join.” Wilson said complete details would be available next week at the station’s Web site, www.wspd.com.
- According to Media Daily News, a TV trade publication, the LIN TV 29-station group just became the second in two days to explore a sale. The Providence, Rhode Island-based LIN TV Corporation operates 23 U.S. television stations, including the Fox affiliate in Toledo, WUPW-TV. The publicly traded company announced May 18 that it has hired JP Morgan to advise on a potential sale. Asked about the possibility of such a station sale, Steve France, news director of Fox Toledo, said, “This is a corporate matter and I have no right to comment on it.”