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Agreement on the table for Plain Dealer newsroom
Calls for 58 layoffs and changes newsroom structure
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Cleveland’s Plain Dealer has reached a tentative contract with its newsroom employees that includes dozens of layoffs. But that will mean fewer people out of work than had been threatened.
The pact calls for 58 layoffs next year, but limits owner Advance Publications to just five more in 2014. That's about a third of the paper's current newsroom staff.
Guild President Harlan Spector says some of those let go will likely be offered posts at Cleveland.com, the paper’s website. And the two entities will be allowed to use more common content.
Agreement on the table for Plain Dealer newsroom

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“It looks from appearances that they are going to beef up their staffing at Cleveland.com. Whether that means people work in a separate newsroom or they continue to work here, [is] unclear.”

The six-year contract was revealed today. It restores a 2009 pay cut, and adds some health care benefits for those laid-off. The negotiations did not address issue of a three-day printing schedule, as has happened at sister papers in New Orleans and Alabama.

A vote by Newspaper Guild is scheduled for next Tuesday. If it’s not ratified, Advance says at least 80 people will be let go in next year.
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To be clear, we don't know that anyone laid off will be offered jobs at Cleveland.com. Those job offers are expected to occur before layoffs.

Harlan Spector
Plain Dealer Guild chair


Posted by: Harlan Spector (Cleveland) on December 8, 2012 6:12AM
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