Our carriers, for the most part, deliver the SF Chronicle, as well as the host of other papers we distribute. We take the papers directly to our dock, so I see their drivers every day. They're Teamsters like we are, they're even in the same local.
I had mentioned a while ago that the Chronicle print operations is going to a new company called Trans Continental, a Canadian outfit. They're scheduled to go on line within a week or two. In fact, their insert crews are already working. That's why our local was out picketing at the new plant over the last few days. They're protesting that the mail room workers are not Teamsters, like they are at the old Chronicle plant and here at the Merc for that matter.
The point I'm getting at is that one of the drivers told me tonight that they were told by Teamster officials that they have to honor the picket line at the new Transcon plant. Now, Transcon has spent a lot of money to build from the ground up a new print operation with state of the art presses and mailroom machinery. There's a lot at stake here. So, if the Teamster drivers have to honor the picket line, how does the Chronicle get its paper out of the plant and into the field? This should be interesting.
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