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D&C reporters end strike after Gannett fails to negotiate in good faith for weeks

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The strike at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester concluded on Thursday after 19 days without an agreement between the newspaper staff and Gannett, the owning company. Despite returning to work, the Newspaper Guild of Rochester expressed dissatisfaction with how the negotiations unfolded, citing manipulative changes to the contract language by Gannett.

During the final negotiation session on Wednesday, the union believed they were close to a possible agreement. However, they later discovered that Gannett had altered the wording of the proposed contract in significant ways without clear indication, leading to a breakdown in trust. The union plans to file complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing Gannett of not bargaining in good faith.

Gannett has remained silent on the issue, providing no comment throughout the duration of the strike and the subsequent negotiations. The union’s vice chair, Justin Murphy, detailed the deceptive modifications that Gannett made to previously agreed sections of the contract, undermining the negotiation process.



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