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'The Seattle Times' Plans Job Cuts, Paper Size Reduction

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'The Seattle Times' Plans Job Cuts, Paper Size Reduction

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Claiming it will save some $21 million, The Seattle Times today announced plans to layoff 17 non-newsroom staffers and cut another 69 jobs through attrition, citing a need for the savings in the face of declining advertising revenue.

In today's paper, the daily also reported the Times would "stop publishing a Sunday tabloid news section for Southeast King County readers launched last spring; consolidate some weekday and Sunday features sections; and reduce the newspaper's width by 1 inch in 2009 to save on newsprint."

The paper indicated, however, that at least 55 of the jobs slated to be cut through attrition are unfilled. Seven of the laid off workers will be let go next month, with the rest leaving in July, the Times said.

"Most of the circulation employees work in home delivery, said Liz Brown, administrative officer of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild, which represents most of the affected workers. She and [Vice President Jill] Mackie said the company and union plan to meet to discuss severance benefits," the paper reported. "Brown also said a Times executive told her that 18 part-time circulation field assistants, who deliver missed papers to subscribers, would have their weekly hours reduced to 19, making them ineligible for health insurance. …

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