Rockford Paper Seeks 25 Cuts

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Managers at the Rockford Register Star say that they’ll offer voluntary severance packages to “core newspaper staff” in a move to cut up to 25 of its 409 staff positions.

The newspaper reports on its Web site that president and publisher Fritz Jacobi announced the plan at a staff meeting this afternoon. The newspaper says the buyouts would be the first in its history.

Managers say the severance packages will be offered in all departments and employees will have 21 days to consider if they will apply for a buyout.

Packages will include a one-week-per-year-of-service payout and continuation of medical benefits for that term. The maximum payout would be 26 weeks.

The newspaper was purchased by Fairport, New York-based GateHouse Media last year.

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