Detroit Papers Open Talks with Unions Over Job Cuts


Detroit’s two newspapers have opened talks with unions over job cuts when home delivery of the Free Press and News is slashed to three days a week.

The newspapers have said they plan to make the historic delivery change by late March.

Tina Bassett, a spokeswoman for Detroit Media Partnership, said talks began Wednesday. She had no other details.

In December, executives said 9 percent of the papers’ 2,150 workers could be cut. The Teamsters union has predicted drivers and other delivery personnel would be hit the hardest.

The Detroit Free Press is owned by Gannett Co., and The Detroit News is owned by MediaNews.

Detroit Media Partnership runs the business operations of the papers. They maintain separate newsrooms.

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