Newspaper Union Agreement Reached: The Inquirer and Daily News Will Exist for Two More Years

Three weeks after the Inquirer owners threatened to liquidate the papers and two weeks after Newspaper Guild president and Daily News gossip columnist Dan Gross announced that he was vacating both positions, I’m told that the Guild, which represents employees of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, has reached an agreement with Interstate General Media, aka the owners. While details have yet to emerge, it is believed that the Guild made financial concessions but got in return two things that it desperately wanted: the retention of its seniority rules and an agreement from the company that both papers will continue to publish for at least two years.