Articles Tagged ‘Sam Zell’

How Cablevision Is Destroying Newsday

by Christopher Twarowski and Michael Patrick Nelson Visitors to the Melville headquarters of Long Island’s only daily newspaper, Newsday, would have seen something a bit…



Newsday’s Staff Faces Pay Cuts, Longer Hours

Members of Newsday’s largest union, the 1,100-strong Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 406, are being asked to tighten their belts once again.

Union leaders have emerged recently from negotiations with Cablevision Systems Corp.-owned Newsday and presented its membership with a new proposed contract, the terms of which they themselves describe as “horrible and unprecedented.” The details, contained, along with the tentative agreement, in a memo sent from union officer Zachary Dowdy to the paper’s roughly 240-member editorial unit—leaked earlier this week and posted on media commentary website PoynterOnline—includes, among other demands: 10-percent pay cuts for all employees [15 percent for drivers], longer work weeks exclusive of lunch periods, and elimination of one week of vacation.