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Update: Tentative agreement reached.

Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News human resources chief Keith Black tells Guild members that, in case of a strike, they can continue working and “we will make arrangements for security to protect everyone’s safety.” He adds that “at your manager’s discretion, you may be permitted to work from home or from another remote location.”

Journalists who choose to strike are welcome to return to the newsroom when there’s a settlement “if there is still work available … [but] if there is not work available for everyone, then some of the striking employees will not be able to return at that time.”

The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild says the HR boss is trying to scare journalists into settling with management.

From: Guild Bulletin
Date: 06/25/2015 11:04 AM (GMT-05:00)
To:
Subject: GUILD BULLETIN: RESPONSE TO KEITH BLACK EMAIL

Guild members,

Keith Black’s memo regarding strike–related issues is a rather clumsy and predictable attempt to frighten our members to accept the Company’s inferior contract offer. His ‘helpful advice’ in the FAQ on how you can work in the event of a strike, that he claims the company “created” is a disingenuous blueprint on how to become a scab, that has been used by union busting employers for decades. Plagiarism in its purest form. As your bargaining committee can assure you, Black’s absence of credibility and incompetence has been consistent throughout these negotiations./CONTINUES Read More

Bruce Murphy, editor of Urban Milwaukee and a former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staffer, asked Journal Sentinel editor George Stanley about the paper’s latest staff changes. Here’s how he responded:

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I’m guessing my emails to Stanley go to spam, too. Disclosure: I worked with Murphy at Milwaukee Magazine two decades ago.

* More staff changes at the Journal Sentinel (urbanmilwaukee.com)
* Earlier: Stanley blocks Romenesko on Twitter (facebook.com)