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Beacon Journal reaches agreement with union

Staff members at the Akron Beacon Journal have reached a tentative agreement with the newspaper on a four-year contract.

The contract includes pay increases in the first year of two-and-a-half percent to four-and-a-half percent, depending on job classification, and two percent in each of the final three years.

The Newspaper Guild unit has not set a date for voting on the contract. The agreement was reached yesterday. Staffers have been working without a contract since August when their three-year contract expired.

The union represents 130 reporters, photographers, copy editors, page designers, artists, librarians and secretaries at the Beacon Journal, which has a circulation of 143-thousand daily and 185-thousand on Sundays.