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ProJo Union Approves Contract

Members of the Providence Newspaper Guild, which represents editorial and advertising staff at the Providence Journal, approved a tough-times, three-year contract last night on a 147-50 vote.

The deal will freeze wages - except in the unlikely event of significant raises elsewhere in the company - and hike health care costs for members. But John Hill, a reporter and president of the guild, pitched it as the best the union could obtain in a difficult media environment. And most members, it appears, agreed.

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