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'Disturbing' Tribune Cuts No Surprise to Union Leaders

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'Disturbing' Tribune Cuts No Surprise to Union Leaders

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Newsroom union leaders at Newsday of Melville, N.Y., and The Sun of Baltimore, the only two Tribune Company dailies with editorial bargaining units, were not surprised with today's announcement of further Tribune job cuts -- and said they actually welcomed the option of buyouts over layoffs.

But 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."

Salganik noted that the job cut announcement comes less than a year after cutbacks in June that included 40 buyouts and three layoffs. "People are getting hardened to it," he added.

He admitted, however, that buyouts are preferable to the alternative: "There are always some who are glad to leave with a check. …

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