Employees of The Sun in Baltimore are bracing for layoffs Friday, and they say management hasn’t been forthcoming about how many people will lose their jobs or how the layoffs will be handled.
The Baltimore-Washington Newspaper Guild, which represents newsroom employees at The Sun, organized a protest today outside the newspaper’s downtown Baltimore offices. Staffers lined up behind 100 black folding chairs representing the 100 jobs that will be lost in the latest round of cuts ordered by Tribune Co., which owns The Sun.
Sixty of the cuts will be in the newsroom. Union leaders say about 34 Guild-represented employees have applied for buyouts, meaning up to 26 could be laid off. But they say they didn’t get a firm number in a meeting with management this morning. They also don’t know whether people who get laid off will be forced to leave the office Friday.
A spokeswoman for The Sun did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.