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Striking Seattle Times workers reject newspaper's contract offer

Striking workers at the Seattle Times rejected the newspaper's latest contract offer Saturday, saying they weren't willing to accept layoffs that could last up to a year.

The vote, coming in the sixth week of the strike, was 348-87, according to the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild. Guild leaders had recommended members reject the offer.

Federal mediator C. Richard Barnes ordered both parties back to the bargaining table in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Employees at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who also went on strike Nov. 21, voted Thursday to accept their newspaper's contract proposal.

The Seattle Times handles business operations for both newspapers and says the strike has cost millions of dollars in lost revenue that will force it to cut at least 10 percent of its work force, about 250 employees.

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