Philadelphia newspapers, union reach tentative 2-year deal

 (NewsWorks file photo)

(NewsWorks file photo)

The owner of Philadelphia’s two largest newspapers and their companion website has reached an agreement with the news outlets’ largest employee union on a new two-year contract.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the accord between Philadelphia Media Network and the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia was reached Friday night after a marathon negotiating session.

The union represents many editorial, advertising and circulation workers at The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and

Members earlier this month voted to approve strike preparations after contract talks stalled over health care costs and seniority protections.

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The newspaper said the bargaining session began at noon and lasted until 11 p.m. Friday. Details of the contract weren’t released.

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