Nov 9, 2008

BANG cuts again

The Singleton-owned Bay Area News Group has told the local guild that another eight newsroom jobs will be on the chopping block come Nov. 14. The guild update is here.

From the Berkeley Daily Planet:
In an e-mail to union colleagues, guild unit chair Sara Steffens notified them that still more newsroom positions were on the block. Steffens herself was the subject of one of the earlier rounds of downsizing.

“In a note sent to the Guild office this afternoon, Human Resources director Laurie Fox said the company planned to cut eight jobs from our bargaining unit, effective Nov. 14,” Steffens reported. “They did not provide any details about which employees, departments or newsrooms may be affected by the proposed cuts.”

The local currently represents 200 staffers in the East Bay papers.
BANG shed 29 newsroom positions in July.

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