otally ignorant of the american way to run magazines ?

Posted by: philippe at October 3, 2002 07:50 AM

Actually, the Yankees bullpen smelled HEAVENLY to this Angels fan last night. :-)

Seriously, though. I agree this developemnent stinks.

Posted by: Kiril at October 3, 2002 09:45 AM

Hey, is the Examiner going to be Union?

(ducking)

Agreed, that sucks.

Posted by: Atrios at October 3, 2002 10:40 AM

Atrios -- You make me smile. Ask me that question when there *is* an Examiner. I would guess, though one can never predict such things, that unionizing will not be the number-one priority of employees at any publication I were to be involved with starting. They never have been before. Newspaper unions tend to have strangely uniform 20th-century ideas about the way newspapers are produced, and I'm not sure how applicable they would be to any paper I'm a part of. Also, the idea is to pay people well and give them stimulating work ... except for the cub reporters, of course, who'd start out at lower salaries.

I pointed out the LA Weekly union thing for the irony of it, obviously. I'm more concerned whether a newspaper is good, and lively, and contributes to a city, than whether its employees are unionized.

Do you belong to a union, incidentally?

Posted by: Matt Welch at October 3, 2002 02:32 PM

You're aiming right, Matt. There's a newspaper I know, and they pay people well, give 'em good benefits, reward fine work and won't lay 'em off when the economy goes south or some computer takes over their job. Plus free champagne when the paper wins a Pulitzer! Ask anybody on staff if they'd like to start a union, and they'll look at you like you just suggested a New Years cruise up the Persian Gulf.

Posted by: Mark Friesen at October 3, 2002 04:59 PM
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