The union conundrum

SF Weekly today takes a look at MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton and his distaste for newsroom unions. Which is unfortunate, since the MediaNews-owned

SF Weekly today takes a look at MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton and his distaste for newsroom unions. Which is unfortunate, since the MediaNews-owned Contra Costa Times is currently in the midst of an ongoing unionization drive, funded by half a million dollars from the Newspaper Guild.

The quandary is that as the newspaper business continues to spiral downwards, layoffs increase, salaries are frozen, and hiring suffers. What does that lead to? An increased desire for unions among employees, who want some formal protection in their shaky jobs. This will be an ongoing dynamic to watch.

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