No deal: labor dispute at Pioneer Press continues

Negotiations between Pioneer Press newsroom employees and parent-company MediaNews Group on a new labor contract have made little progress. The union's five-year contract expired at the end of July. The Denver-based newspaper chain is seeking a slew of concessions, from cutting mileage reimbursements to eliminating restrictions on the use of freelancers to an overhaul of health-insurance benefits.

Last month the two sides agreed to fastrack negotiations in hopes of settling on a new contract by the end of this month. But no bargaining sessions have taken place since then.

Reporter Alex Friedrich, who serves on the union's bargaining committee, says they expect to sit down with the company around the middle of the month. "I'm hoping that we can narrow this humongous list of issues down to something that's reasonable," he says. "They seem like they're interested."