Owners of the Star Ledger announced yesterday that the paper would close N.J.’s largest newspaper by year’s end if production unions don’t make concessions.
In a letter to staff, publisher Richard Vezza said the company was “pushed into a corner” by the unions, whose contracts expire in July. Unless there are compromises made by Sept. 27, the paper will shut down.
The paper’s website, nj.com, is owned by
Gannett Advance Publicationsand would continue to publish regardless of what fate the Ledger meets. In 2009, the Star Ledger stopped publishing individual county sections on a daily basis. In 2008, the paper said it was on “life-support” and then issued an ultimatum to sell the paper if 200 employees didn’t take a buy out.