Guild Predicts More ‘Baltimore Sun’ Job Cuts

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By: Joe Strupp

More job cuts are being predicted at The Baltimore Sun by the local Newspaper Guild, which says layoffs are “days away.”

Tribune Co. Spokesman Gary Weitman declined to comment on the release from the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild today that claims such reductions will occur soon.

“Just four months after Tribune Co. slashed 100 jobs from The Baltimore Sun?s payroll, including 60 from the newsroom, the company is planning a new round of cuts, according to representatives of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild,” the release said. “The cuts, which are expected to be announced any day, will likely be felt throughout The Baltimore Sun, including the newsroom. Employees will not be offered buyouts as in the past, but will receive layoff notices, according to Guild officials.”

Guild officials also add that, “neither Tribune nor The Baltimore Sun?s management would disclose how many employees will lose their jobs in this latest cutback.”

?Baltimore Sun managers have made it clear that no corner of the newspaper is safe from further cuts,? Cet Parks, executive director of the local that represents some 400 Sun employees, said in a statement. ?Saving money, not jobs, is management?s ultimate goal. Our mission all along has been to convince management that the paper needs to retain dedicated employees to continue putting out a competitive newspaper, but they refuse to listen.?

The Guild warning follows recent reports that the Tribune Washington bureau had cut about 13 positions as part of a consolidation. Weitman has also declined comment on that claim.

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