Lee Way

Is the P-D the "red-headed stepchild" of the Lee empire?

As chair of the Post's guild unit, Richard Hughes made the trip and participated in the meeting but didn't come away as impressed as Egger. "It was OK. It seemed a little last-minute, or off the cuff," reports Hughes, who works in the advertising department of the Post's St. Charles bureau. "We suggested that Lee send someone down from corporate headquarters to work in human resources at the Post-Dispatch."

The guild's next contract negotiation is scheduled for 2009. For the time being, members have adopted a wait-and-see approach.

"Our union wants nothing more than to continue the good work that has made the Post-Dispatch the paper it is, and we look forward to helping Lee realize even greater profits," says Shannon Duffy. "But that's not going to happen if upper management isn't engaged. I really do believe that Lee's not used to dealing with employee groups. But we're the guild. What's fair is fair, and right is right. They don't have to like it, but they're going to have to deal with it."

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