Brian Tierney, who we last saw channeling Hemingway in a letter to State Rep. Mark B. Cohen, has sent out a new memo to the guild, urging for calm, peace, no strike and unity! (It remains to be seen if his definition of being a uniter, not a divider, is the same one as G.W. Bush.)
What we are proposing is in line with most other companies, both in the media business and other businesses. Ask your friends and neighbors what their companies are doing. [...]
Will this proposal cost everyone a little more? Perhaps. But it is critically important for everyone to understand how difficult the newspaper business has become. You can look all over the country for examples. We simply can no longer afford the very generous pay and benefits of a bygone era, when newspapers dominated the media. We would much prefer for everyone to share a little bit in the pain, so that we can spare perhaps dozens of our colleagues from losing their jobs altogether.
If you’re as confused as I am, here’s the deal: Tierney is talking about the pension fund, and what management… wants… agh! I can’t do it! I can’t write about pension funds! And I like financial news and numbers and I could, at one time, do integrate and derive and even do a little vector calculus. (That didn’t stop me from getting a C in Calc II, but, hey, you take what you can get.)
Anyway, Steve Volk has much more of a stomach for this than I do, and he’s continuing to blog over at The Daily Strike.
Update: Byko and the Guild respond!
Skipping over the self-serving blather, Brian Tierney writes (on Page 2) that “we are all in this together” — except when it comes to directing the investments of our pension fund.
That’s when it becomes “me,” not “we.”
We have a problem with that for one simple reason: It’s OUR money, put there for US by Knight-Ridder. It is not Brian’s money to invest. The fund is both safe and healthy.
Blah blah blah etc. You know the deal with these things. The rest of the Tierney memo is still after the jump.