Guild approves ‘terrible’ Chronicle agreement

About 120 newsroom, advertising and circulation employees at the San Francisco Chronicle are expected to lose their jobs as the result of a five-year contract approved by the 900-member Northern California Media Workers Guild. The vote was 574-119 in favor of the deal, which was reached tentatively on July 24 and takes effect immediately (July 28). There were five abstentions. Guild President Michael Cabanatuan said, “I’m glad that it passed, but mostly I feel sad.” The paper’s management has said

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Mercury News reports huge circulation losses

The San Jose Mercury News reported its spring circulation numbers Monday, two weeks after most other daily newspapers did, and the filing shows that the Knight Ridder paper experienced one of the biggest circ drops in the industry. For the six-month period ending March 2005, daily circ at the Mercury News declined 7.1%, or 19,890, to 259,649 copies. Sunday circ fell 9.9%, or 30,793, to 277,632 copies.