Composing room workers at the Daily News of Los Angeles, whose contract expires at midnight tonight, have voted to strike but have not set a deadline.
The Daily News, which also publishes Ventura County editions, says the positions have become obsolete because of a new computer pagination system that would eliminate the need for manual layout and composing work. The Woodland Hills-based newspaper plans to eliminate about 70 of the 83 composing room jobs.
The strike was approved Sunday at a special meeting of the Southern California Typographical Mailers Union Local 17, which represents 83 Daily News employees. Union President Gerry Curran said a deadline for the strike would probably be set within the next couple of days.
"We'll meet for more negotiations and see if they're willing to bargain," Curran said. "They haven't so far." Talks between the Daily News and the union have been ongoing since July.