May 19, 2009: Since its Jan. 15 bankruptcy filing, the Star Tribune has forced five unions to fork over $9 million in annual concessions, plus pension freezes, with nary a labor stoppage. But Sunday's move to terminate drivers' pension contributions could bring the struggling company's first strike.
Though officials of Local 638 would not comment, recently retired driver Rick Sather says he's heard serious talk from half a dozen current drivers.
"They’re telling me what the business agent is saying to them: 'If the company wants to leave the pension plan, we just have to strike," Sather says.
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