In the difficult passage of the Sun-Times Media Group from its present owners to a group of investors led by financier James Tyree, Thursday was a particularly awkward day. First interim CEO Jeremy Halbreich issued a statement insisting on the inflexibility of a September 29 deadline for the STMG unions to approve the new working terms Tyree requests. Then the bankruptcy judge in Delaware dismissed that deadline as mere “posturing” on the part of the company.

On Friday, Tyree spoke up.