We have confirmed that our editors are looking at cutting the newsroom budget by 15 percent. We’re not sure how exactly that will play itself out, but at least we know what is being discussed outside our presence.The guild is negotiating a new contract with MediaNews Group, which owns the Daily News.
During the course of Friday’s negotiations, it became clear that Media News Group is looking to cut back our wages. There seems to be discord within the ranks of corporate management as to how to impose wage cuts. At the Daily News, it seems management is looking at implementing tiered wage cuts based on individual salaries and not a uniform percentage taken off everyone’s salary. But we have not seen anything in writing.
Apr 11, 2009
Union: Daily News considering pay cuts
The union representing newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Daily News told its members Friday that management wants to cut 15 percent from the newsroom budget and might resort to pay cuts to get there. From the email: