News Union protests against its members

Packaging workers at The San Diego Union-Tribune who have been trying to negotiate a union contract for the last two and a half years protested Tuesday outside the newspaper's Mission Valley offices and demanded that management return to the bargaining table.

However, Pat Marrinan, the paper's manager of labor relations, said contract issues are moot because the company withdrew its recognition of the union Monday after receiving a decertification petition signed by a majority of workers in the department.

Union officials said they plan to challenge the petition by filing an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.

Officials with the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters Union also said they were unhappy with an ultimatum made several weeks ago by managers to accept pay cuts and benefits reductions.

The company's 154 packaging workers insert printed advertisements into newspapers. A majority of the workers voted in June 2005 to be represented by the union.


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