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'Pioneer Press' Guild Claims Buyout Information Coming Too Slowly

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'Pioneer Press' Guild Claims Buyout Information Coming Too Slowly

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Three days after the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press announced a buyout offer seeking some 30 takers companywide, and gave staffers just a week to consider it, union leaders claim some potential takers have yet to receive specifics on what they would get.

Alex Friedrich, Pioneer Press unit chair for the Minnesota Newspaper Guild, estimates about a dozen or so staffers have requested financial data related to their situation, including eight in the newsroom. Editors had said up to 15 newsroom employees could be given buyouts.

But Friedrich says more than half of the newsroom inquiries remain unanswered since seeking information days ago, while a notice on the Guild Web site today states "that there has not been a consistent explanation of what you should expect if you apply for and decide to accept a buyout."

"The number of people who do not have information is disturbing," said Friedrich. "At least four [newsrooms staffers] have not received it and they had asked the first day."

A Pioneer Press spokeswoman declined to reveal how many requests for buyout information had come in, stating it "is considered confidential personnel information. …

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