Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News union OKs strike prep

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 4, 2015 1:53 PM

(Philadelphia) -- The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News are facing a potential strike after the largest employee union voted to approve strike preparations.

The vote comes as contract talks stall over health care costs and seniority protections.

The local Newspaper Guild of America says the 263-to-19 vote shows newsroom workers and other members are serious about those issues.

Employees at the company's website also voted separately to approve strike planning.

The company, Philadelphia Media Network, has changed hands repeatedly over the past decade. It is now owned by local philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who made his fortune in cable TV.

Philadelphia Media Network insists all three outlets would continue publishing.

Company spokeswoman Amy Buckman says the company hopes to negotiate a contract by the June 27 deadline.

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