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Cleveland 'P-D' Cutting 38 More Union Journos

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Cleveland 'P-D' Cutting 38 More Union Journos

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The Plain Dealer in Cleveland is looking to lop 38 more jobs from the unionized newsroom, and is giving journalists until Nov. 20 to decide whether they want to jump.

If enough employees do not volunteer, P-D Editor Susan Goldberg told the staff, the paper will impose layoffs. The number of resignations the P-D is looking for amounts to about 16% of the 238 newsroom employees represented by the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild.

The P-D is offering severance of two week's pay for each year of service -- but no health care benefits.

Goldberg said if necessary layoffs will follow the Guild contract criteria, which include length of service, but also, according to the P-D account "job performance, special skills or abilities, (and) adaptability to future work assignments."

"This is a tough decision," President and Publisher Terry Egger told union members in a meeting Tuesday. "But the end result of what we're trying to do is keep the newspaper strong and able to serve the community for a long time. …

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