SEATTLE — Representatives from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild and The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer met separately with a federal mediator as the strike by workers at the two papers went into its 21st day Sunday.
Federal mediator Jeff Clark said he wouldn’t comment on the meetings and simply said it was something he thought was needed and the sides agreed to it.
Officials at the Guild and the two papers did not return phone calls seeking comment.
But a message on the Guild’s hotline said the Guild wasn’t hopeful about the outcome of the meeting.
The Guild, which represents about 1,000 editorial, circulation and advertising employees at the two papers, has been on strike since voting to walk out Nov. 21 after a new contract couldn’t be agreed on. The newspapers’ final offers — the contracts are similar but not identical — included an hourly raise of $3.30 over six years.
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