Newspaper Guild takes dues hit in Minnesota

The bloodletting continues at Minnesota's largest daily newspaper. The latest news is that up to seven employees in the Star Tribune's photo department will be terminated. The impacted employees work in the "gray room" processing photos. They were informed yesterday that their duties will be taken over by computer software.

Under the Newspaper Guild's union contract, the company must give 90-days notice prior to any job cuts. During that period, negotiations will take place on the fate of the workers and what kind of severance package they will receive.

Union co-chair David Chanen says they hope to save at least one photo-processing position. "We're not overly optimistic that we're going to be able to salvage more than the one job, but we're looking at every option," he says.


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