The Washington Post reached a deal on Friday for a new contract with the union representing the majority of its unionized employees, bringing an end to 18 months of bellicose negotiations that included a one-day work stoppage.
The tentative agreement, if ratified, would give all employees represented by the union an immediate raise of $30 a week, with an additional 2.5 percent raise in April, plus additional raises in the coming years, The Washington Post Guild said.
“It has always been our goal to reach an agreement that addresses the needs of our employees and our business,” The Washington Post said in a statement. “We are confident this contract provides both and appreciate the efforts of all who have worked to make this happen.”
In an email to its members, the Washington Post Guild said the new contract was a major win, and that the union had brought the company back to the table with “tireless organizing.”
“After 18 months of negotiating — months in which Guild members gave moving testimonies at the bargaining table, signed petitions, attended pickets, lunched out for fair pay, and pulled off the biggest work stoppage at The Washington Post in nearly 50 years — the company has finally agreed to a deal,” the statement said.
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