- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Members of a union representing employees at Philadelphia’s two largest newspapers and their companion website have voted to authorize strike preparations amid a contract dispute.

Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia voted Wednesday night to authorize the union’s executive board to plan for a strike by 445 employees.

The Newspaper Guild is the largest union representing employees at The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

Guild president Howard Gensler says the union hopes the vote “sends an important message to the company that we are not fooling around.”

Philadelphia Media Network operates all three news outlets. It has said it will continue publication in the event of a strike.

The Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1G7hnF6 ) reports the Guild’s contract expired in February and has been extended until June 27.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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