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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Newspaper Union: More Chronicle Layoffs Coming Through

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 9:20 AM

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Carl T. Hall, the local representative for the Media Workers Guild, told SF Weekly this morning that he has been informed by San Francisco Chronicle management that another round of layoffs is in the works.

"We're anticipating some discussions," he said. "And it's not good news. But that's all I know."

When asked how many layoffs were possible, Hall noted "Obviously that's the question everyone wants to know." He also added that no reason was given for the paper's announcement other than "what one might infer: I guess it's a continuing problem of getting costs in line with revenues given the state of the economy and the goings on in the news business."

The announced layoffs come on top of 134 union buyouts and layoffs -- 78 from the paper's editorial department -- in recent months in a painful and dramatic spectacle that featured newspaper management threatening to shutter the paper.

More details may become apparent later this morning. If so, we'll keep you on top of it.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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