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BANG-EB intends to lay off 29 news people

MediaNews Group’s East Bay newspapers, including the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune, plan to lay off at least 29 newsroom workers due to a forecasted 10 percent decline in revenue and a 20 percent increase in paper, Publisher John Armstrong (pictured) said in a memo to employees today.

A story about the cuts posted tonight on the Contra Costa Times Web page suggests an undisclosed number of non-union jobs will also be cut as well. The reductions will bring the 226-person newsroom down to 197. The union-represented journalists who are being laid off will be notified on or before July 11, the company said.

The announcement comes less than a month after newsroom employees voted to unionize. Here is Armstrong’s memo:

BANG-EB includes the Contra Costa Times, Valley Times, East County Times, Oakland Tribune, The Argus in Fremont, The Daily Review in Hayward, The Tri-Valley Herald in Pleasanton and The San Mateo County Times.

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