11/14/08

News Union dues hit in Baltimore worsens

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The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild said Thursday it expects another round of job cuts at the Baltimore Sun, and officials are preparing to fight any future layoffs.

The union said it expects more job cuts within days. Angie Kuhl, a unit chair with the union, said she does not know how many job cuts are planned. But union officials don’t expect buyouts to be offered, as they have been in the past, and the cuts will impact the newsroom.

Renee Mutchnik, a Baltimore Sun spokeswoman, said Sun management has no comment. The Sun eliminated 100 positions at the paper in August. It also recently eliminated its standalone Maryland and Business sections as part of an overall redesign.

“We’re trying to mitigate the effects” of any job cuts, said Kuhl, an advertising designer at the Sun. “We want to make sure people are treated fairly. We try to impress that cutting is not the way to prosperity.”

Tribune Co., the Sun’s parent, posted a $124 million third quarter loss this month.

The newspaper, Maryland’s largest daily publication, saw its average Sunday circulation number fall 3.9 percent to 350,640 during the period.

(bizjournals.com)

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