Union leaders and workers at the Monterey Herald have set up a web site called “SaveTheHerald.com”, which looks and feels a lot like the “SaveTheMerc.com” web site that went online last week. Both papers are in the same boat — McClatchy Co. bought Knight Ridder but decided not to keep 12 of the chain’s 32 papers including those in Northern California. However, no such sites have popped up for the KR-owned Contra Costa Times or Palo Alto Daily News group. Both are non-union, however, while the Merc and Herald are unionized. The union at the KR-owned St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press has also launched a rescue site, SaveThePioneerPress.com. Unlike the sites at the two California papers, the Pioneer Press site asks readers to contact McClatchy chief executive Gary Pruitt. McClatchy has set Tuesday as the deadline for bids for the 12 papers. [Pioneer Press workers take case to the web]

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