March 17, 2009

SF Chronicle may survive as staff agree to benefit and 150 job cuts

The San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Corp’s US daily which was under threat of closure earlier this year, may survive after staff agreed to longer working hours with additional holiday and job cuts.

Members of the California Media Workers Guild voted 10-1 to approve concessions, including at least 150 job cuts and the removal of some benefits and rights.

In 2008 the 144-year old paper lost more than $50m and is expected to lose even more this year. It has been losing money since 2001.

Source: BrandRepublic


  1. I wonder if all of those 150 “agreed” to it as well.

    Comment by myphotoscout — March 17, 2009 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

    • There are ways to make people agree – I would just go one by one:

      – Who’s in favor of letting John go?
      149 Aye, 1 No.
      – OK, who’s in favor of letting Jane go?
      148 Aye, 1 No.

      and so on ;)

      For extra fun, let the newly laid off vote, too.

      Comment by 7macaw — March 17, 2009 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

      • At the end: “thank you for participating in our game. The rest of you are dismissed too: we are moving completely to Web.”

        Comment by DF — March 17, 2009 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

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