Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dancing With Tycoons?

[Billionaire Sam Zell and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan now own Tribune Co., including the Los Angeles Times.] There are flaws in the ESOP, naturally, from the employees’ point of view. Union representatives point to the lack of any consultation by employees in selecting the ESOP trustee that will play the lead role in governing the corporation. They may be employee-owners, but they don’t have much of a voice. Retirement accounts will remain partially diversified, but will be overly concentrated in Tribune stock. Still, at the end of the day the Zell transaction means that a company that is in need of significant change will succeed or fail through the workings of a partnership between a tycoon and his partners, the employees. [Click for MORE]

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