The deadline facing the Daily News this week is for union ratification of contracts involving massive layoffs with the paper's new owner, British publisher Robert Maxwell.

The pressmen's union - which stands to lose about half of 400 jobs at the paper - Sunday evening joined the engravers and the machinists to become the third union to ratify contracts with Maxwell.The Newspaper Guild, which represents striking editorial and advertising workers, delayed until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday a vote on whether to ratify that union's agreement with Maxwell.