Oldest area union printer to close doors
The oldest union printing company in the DC area is going the way of the Linotype machine. McArdle Printing is closing its doors at the end of the month. “When the Bureau of National Affairs (which owned McArdle) was bought by Bloomberg they must have had a long term plan to get rid of the plant,” says GCC-IBT 72-C’s Janice Bort. “They ran the company down to the ground and never gave us a decent proposal for a new contract since 2011.” Non-union Corporate Press is taking over some of McArdle’s assets and reports indicate McArdle workers are being forced to reapply for their own jobs, with pay and benefit cuts. “Once upon a time BNA took care of its workers,” Bort said, “now they plan to print non-union. Some of these workers have 30 to 40 years with McArdle. It’s been a sad journey for them.”
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