NY Times pay cuts extend to Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat will cut most nonunion employees’ pay by 2.5 percent as part of a cost-savings move by its parent company, the New York Times Co., the PD reported today. Employees will be given five additional paid days off as part of the wage change. The NYT Co. will also cut wages for employees of its North Bay Business Journal and Argus Courier. Of the 365 full-time and part-time employees at the three Sonoma County publications, the

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About 50 Chron employees take buyouts

The SF Weekly quotes Chron reporter and union leader Carl Hall as saying that perhaps 50 union employees at the paper have agreed to accept a buyout. Most are from the editorial side. The buyout offer will last until Tuesday, the last day of the month. Layoffs are expected to start in mid-April if the goal of eliminating 150 jobs in news and advertising isn’t reached through voluntary terminations. The paper is currently negotiating with the Teamsters to eliminate delivery

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Chronicle seeks to cut 150 to 225 jobs

Chronicle management is threatening to cut at least 225 jobs if the paper’s unions don’t meet the company’s demands, sources told the East Bay Express. Most of the cuts would come from the newsroom. However, if the Guild agrees to management’s demands — which include giving up seniority rights and slashing vacation and sick time — then management will only slash 150 jobs, the Express said. (The Bay Guardian also says management wants to cut 150 jobs.) Here’s a link

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MediaNews employees told to take week furlough

Employees of the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Monterey Herald and all other MediaNews papers in the Bay Area were told today that they must take five unpaid furlough days between Feb. 1 and end of March 31. The following is from the memo e-mailed to employees at noon today: Dear Fellow Employee: In a further effort to help offset the continuing decline in revenue and position the company for future financial success while mitigating further job losses, I am

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KGO lays off 5 including Jarrett, Edmonds

KGO-AM, which has been No. 1 in total total audience since the 1970s and one of the most successful news-talk stations in the country, has laid off five employees including afternoon co-anchor Greg Jarrett and East Bay reporter Greg Edmonds. Both are long-time on-air personalities. Jarrett has been at 810 for 16 years, from 1986 until 1994 as a reporter. He then became a staff correspondent for ABC News. He returned to KGO in 2000. Edmonds has been at KGO

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Chron plans to cut another 125 jobs

The Chronicle reported this morning that it will offer at least 125 employees the chance to take a buyout before the end of the year, or another round of layoffs will take place. The story did not say how many of the employees would be from the newsroom. The cuts come just two months after the Chronicle reduced its newsroom from 400 people to around 300. An in February, the Chronicle will not renew the contract of about 237 Teamster

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List of CCTimes, ANG layoffs released

Kevin G. Keane, vp of news for Bay Area News Group – East Bay, has released the following list of employees who were laid off as a result of budget cuts at his MediaNews Group papers. In that e-mail he wrote: “Instead of relying on job performance, we eliminated positions that we felt we could no longer afford in this economic environment or in those areas where we felt the work could be absorbed by others. We took a hard

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Palo Alto paper fires 6, kills Monday edition

The Palo Alto Daily News today laid off five newsroom employees and one graphics department worker. The free daily will also eliminate its Monday edition in Palo Alto and its Tuesday edition in San Mateo County. (The Daily News cut its Monday edition in San Mateo County two years ago. The Palo Alto paper has printed seven days a week since 2003.) The Daily News had a newsroom of about 20 before today’s cuts, so the layoffs will eliminate a

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Merc cuts 50 jobs, names two new editors

The Mercury News said today it has cut 50 jobs — 16 through voluntary buyouts and 34 through layoffs. The cuts represent 5 percent of the paper’s staff. It was the third round of layoffs since MediaNews Group acquired the paper in August 2006. Yesterday, the Bay Area News Group-East Bay, which includes the Contra Costa Times and other MediaNews papers in the region, said it was able to avoid layoffs by giving buyouts to 107 of its employees. At

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