Monday Could Be Layoff Day at Cleveland ‘P-D’

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By: E&P Staff

The Plain Dealer, which is looking to eliminate 50 newsroom jobs, may notify staffers being laid off involuntarily on Monday, the Newspaper Guild local says.

In a message to members on Guild Local 1’s Web site, the union’s chairperson for the P-D, Harlan Spector, said the unit has not been formally notified of when involuntary layoffs would take place.

“Latest word circulating is two-week notification on Dec. 1 — meaning that people will be called and told to stay home (with pay) for the two weeks,” Spector wrote.

The newspaper has said it will make involuntary layoffs if enough Guild-represented employees do not accept the terms of a voluntary layoff. The deadline for voluntary layoffs was reportedly Nov. 20.

One sticking point is that the newspaper has refused to extend health care benefits after the layoffs take effect, according to the Guild.

No one answered a phone call to the Guild’s office Wednesday afternoon. P-D management has declined to comment on the layoff process.

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