Thursday, November 13, 2008

More cuts coming at The Sun

After shrinking its newsroom staff by 20 percent this summer, The Baltimore Sun has told union representative it plans to cut more jobs by the end of the year.

According to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, which represents about 400 Sun employees, the newspaper plans to announce the cuts within a week and they will likely affect the entire Baltimore Sun Media Group, including The Sun newsroom.

In July, the company eliminated 100 jobs — including 55 from the newsroom — through buyouts and layoffs, as part of a sweeping cost-cutting plan within its parent Tribune Co.’s nine major daily newspapers. The Baltimore Sun Media Group publishes The Sun and several community newspapers.

Buyouts will not be available this time around, according to the Guild.

Cet Parks, the Guild’s executive director, said the move to go straight to layoffs was unusual and was the first time in about eight years the company had not first offered a buyout to volunteers.

“I think it’s terrible from an employee morale standpoint,” he said Thursday. “This is not good for our employees and it’s not good for Baltimore’s news coverage."

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