“Negotiations are in a really really tough place,” Guild Co-Chair Frederick Kunkle told Union City. Post management “has dumped a lot of terrible take-backs on the table,” including freezing pensions and attacks on retirement benefits and job security. “We’re just going to keep mobilizing to make this be a place where we can take a stand for treating workers fairly.”
"I don't like how they're trying to rip something away from us when there's no pressing need," financial writer Michael Fletcher said. "Listen. I respect [new Post owner] Jeff Bezos for the investments he has made in the paper. I've seen new faces in the newsroom. That's great. But there's no reason to freeze the pension. It's over-funded. It's just unnecessary."
Fletcher was referring to the pension, which includes workers hired before 2009. It is over-funded by more than 200 percent. It hasn't needed a dime in 20 years and won't need a cent for at least another 20 .
Pat Jacob, who works in advertising, said she's proud to work at the Post. "I feel good about the product we provide. I feel good about the advertisers we work with," she said. She marched during her lunch break with a heavy jacket pulled tight against the cutting wind. "We're going to stay out here," she said. "Because what they're trying to do to us just isn't fair."
- includes reporting by Robert Struckman