P-I and Times face strike if mediation fails

Herald staff

SEATTLE — The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild will strike the Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday unless the union and newspapers agree on a new a contract before then, guild representatives said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the two sides agreed to non-binding federal mediation. The mediator, Jeff Clark, was briefed Wednesday and bargaining was set to resume this morning.

"This is a troubling turn of events because, ultimately, a strike benefits no one," Seattle Times President Mason Sizemore said in a statement.

Both the Times and P-I will continue publishing in case of a strike, using managers and replacement workers, the statement said.

Guild employees also plan to publish an online newspaper if there is a walkout.

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