Agreement on the table?

The last few lines of the publisher’s recent update escaped my full attention. Here is what they said:

Therefore, the only stumbling block to meeting the three conditions is ratification of an agreement by the Drivers.  We hope that they will take the steps necessary to ratify their draft agreement by the deadline or else The Star-Ledger will be put up for sale on October 9.

The possible meaning of this was the subject of an AP story Tuesday. The lede says:

The publisher of The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., reiterated on Tuesday his threat to put New Jersey’s largest newspaper up for sale next month if its drivers union fails to approve a new contract.

Star-Ledger Publisher George Arwady seemed to suggest, however, that a tentative agreement has been reached and awaits ratification. In a memo to employees, Arwady urged the union to “take the steps necessary to ratify their draft agreement by the deadline.”

Arwady and union officials did not return phone calls on Tuesday.

Is an agreement on the table? Guess we will have to wait and see.


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