More layoffs ahead for the Chronicle

The Guild’s Chronicle unit chair, Michelle Devera, says management has given the union a “heads-up” that more layoffs are planned. She said in a posting on the Guild’s site that she wasn’t told how many jobs would be cut. Another Guild official, Carl T. Hall, told the SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi the same thing. “We’re anticipating some discussions,” Hall said. “And it’s not good news. But that’s all I know.” Hall said no reason was given for the paper’s announcement

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No pay cuts in East Bay contract

The 44-page proposed contract between the Guild and EB-BANG has been posted online by the union. It says (on page 22) that the company can’t cut wages until October at the earliest, providing some measure of security for the 180 employees covered under the contract. Union members at the Mercury News, which like EB-BANG is a MediaNews operation, are voting Monday on a proposed contract that will reduce wages by 9 percent over the next seven months. The Merc’s pay

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East Bay deal: Starting pay $39,000 a year

Newly hired copy editors, reporters, photographes and “Internet content providers” would start at $18.75/hour or $39,000 a year (assuming a 2080-hour year), under a proposed contract reached by Guild leaders and MediaNews. The contract goes to a vote of members on Tuesday. The contract will apply to about 180 employees of the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times and other East Bay-Bay Area News Group papers. Here’s a link to the union’s summary of the contract. Highlights:

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Guild deal at Merc calls for 9% pay cut

The Guild has reached a tentative agreement with the Mercury News which cuts pay by 9 percent over the next seven months, increases employee health insurance contributions, reduces vacation accural and allows the Merc to move its copy desk to Walnut Creek. The Guild issued this statement today concerning the tentative contract: Here are some details of the new contract your bargaining committee negotiated with the company. As you know, it is a difficult period in the newspaper industry and

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Many Chron editors survive round of layoffs

Chron Guild rep Carl Hall tells the SF Weekly that in this most recent round of layoffs of union workers, management promised there would be “proportional” cuts of non-union managers and editors, but it hasn’t happened yet. “I’m not a cheerleader for cuts in management’s ranks just to make us feel better,” says Hall. “But I think that it’s a fair point that if there are far fewer staff, why do you need so many managers.”

Chronicle layoff, buyout list

[Editor’s note: This posting was updated in May with the names of those who accepted buyouts.] Here’s the latest list we have of Chronicle newsroom employees who were laid off Thursday and Friday. If you know of any additional names, please e-mail us at sfpen-pressclub@sbcglobal.net. We won’t mention your name. LayoffsJonathan Curiel, reporter (Chronicle Watch)Jim Doyle, reporterDeborah Gage, technology reporterLeslie Guth, assistant metro editorKaren Hata, business reporterMark Hedin, copy editorTyche Hendricks, reporterChris Heredia, reporter, OaklandJane Kay, environmental reporterJohn Koopman, reporterVerne

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Chronicle begins newsroom layoffs

The Chron began laying off editorial employees today, and is expected to eliminate up to 30 jobs in the latest round of staffing cuts, the San Francisco Business Times reports. The Times quoted sources as saying the layoffs began at 1:30 p.m., and among those shown the door were John Koopman, Jonathan Curiel, Susan Sward, Tyche Hendricks, Deborah Gage, Verne Kopytoff, Chris Heredia, Jim Doyle and Jane Kay. Approximately eight to 10 of the cuts are from the Chronicle’s metro

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Salinas paper hires reporters, adds beats

Like many newspapers, the ax fell hard last year at The Californian, the Gannett-owned 14,240-circulation daily in Salinas. In December, the paper eliminated 40 jobs. And Gannett has instituted week-long unpaid furloughs at all of its papers and TV stations to cut costs. Given that, this upbeat item in today’s Californian caught our eye: The Californian hires three new reporters; some will cover new beats Three more reporters have joined the staff here at The Salinas Californian. The fact that

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Daily News kills Sunday, satellite editions

The Palo Alto Daily News announced today that it has dropped its Sunday edition and will now print Tuesday through Saturday. In addition, the Daily News will stop printing separate editions for San Mateo, Burlingame and Redwood City. The Palo Alto edition will be distributed in Redwood City and San Carlos, however. The MediaNews Group paper is dropping the words “Palo Alto” from its name and will be known as simply the Daily News starting Tuesday. In a front page

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Layoffs ‘not as high as expected’ at Chron

The number of news and advertising employees who will be laid off by the Chronicle next month “will not be as high as expected,” the Guild said in a statement posted on its Website. No figures were given out, but management had previously said it wants to eliminate 150 Guild positions, and 120 employees (see list at left) have agreed to accept buyouts where they get their pension paid to them in one lump sum. The Guild statement said: Applicants

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