The Newspaper Guild union of Rochester turned down the Gannett paper’s offer by a 51 to 4 vote. The “firm, final and best” language paves the way for Gannett to declare an impasse and impose the contract. In October, Democrat & Chronicle staffers marked 14 years without a contract by staging a rally near the newspaper offices. The group was estimated to number four or five.
Ironic in that the Rochester paper was the Gannett flagship. The giant media corporation knew where the growth was heading. Now, all that’s left of Gannett’s first newspaper is a drained shell of an enterprise. An omen of things to come?