Our union and the paper have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, with the company cutting its layoff number by more than half. The threat of layoffs was designed to extract concessions from the Guild, which appears to have succeeded. The company had a list of draconian concessions that it eventually abandoned in the interest of getting us to agree to take on more of the cost of our health insurance premiums.

I won’t breathe totally easily till 10 a.m. tomorrow but the statistical odds of me being among those shown the door have been reduced.