News union takes dues hit in Duluth

The Duluth (MN) News Tribune will cut more than 10 percent of its staff. The staff was told of the company's intention to reduce its workforce by between 10 percent and 15 percent during contract negotiations Wednesday, said Steve Kuchera, a reporter for the paper and a member of the Lake Superior Newspaper Guild.

The paper employs 225 people. Forum, N.D.-based Forum Communications, which owns the paper, will offer voluntary buyouts to guild-represented employees, Kuchera said. The guild represents 134 workers.

Publisher Steve McLister told the Associated Press that advertising revenue has fallen more than 10 percent since Oct. 1. He added that the company doesn't expect sales to improve over the rest of the year.


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