For a couple of years now, the Chron was supposed to switch its printing from its existing plants to a new, non-union operation in Fremont in Feburary 2009. The switch was to take place on the day that the Teamster contract for the paper’s printers expired. But hiring some 300 new printers hasn’t been easy. Particularly since the union guys work for $28 to $38 an hour while Transcon is trying to hire people at $15 to $18 an hour. Now this ad appears indicating Transcon has hired Manpower to staff its Fremont pressroom. More importantly, the plant’s opening is now set for “Summer 2009,” not February.

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