Friday, February 15, 2008

Trib union leaders: cuts unsettling but not surprising

Zachary Dowdy and Bill Salganik were not surprised with Wednesday's announcement of more Tribune job cuts — and said they actually welcomed the option of buyouts over layoffs. From E&P:

"... Sun reporter Bill Salganik, president of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, and Zachary Dowdy, president of Newsday's Graphic Communications Conference Local 406, said more cuts in the face of recent past buyouts at both papers, and other Tribune properties such as the Los Angeles Times, are unsettling.

"Continuing to cut journalists and cut customer service people is not a good thing," said Salganik, a 30-year Sun veteran who spoke just hours after the paper announced a buyout offer seeking to eliminate 45 jobs newspaperwide. "Those of us who work here don't feel like there are too many of us."
Why is the New Tribune using the same old business strategy to cut costs as the Old Tribune?

Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild wants Tribune to give Sun employees more than 2 weeks to consider buyout plan that is different and more complicated than recent plans.

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