'Star-Ledger' Publisher Threatens January 2009 Shutdown

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'Star-Ledger' Publisher Threatens January 2009 Shutdown

Editor & Publisher reports that publisher George Arwady of The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., has told employees that the paper will close on Jan. 5, 2009, if 200 buyouts and several union concessions are not met, or if the paper cannot be sold. The e-mail comes about a month and a half after the paper announced it would need to take buyouts and renegotiate union contracts. Mr. Arwady notes that the Drivers' union is still far from reaching an agreement, and the deadline to do so is Oct. 8. "It is most unfortunate that we have to send out this notice, but the Drivers have left us with no choice," he wrote in the email. In recent weeks, Mr. Arwady has indicated to staffers in other e-mails that the number of newsroom buyout takers has fallen short. Editor Jim Willse and Arwady have not commented on how many staffers have applied for the buyouts first offered July 31. Buyout applications are due Oct. 1.
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