Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chronicle, Teamsters agree on job cuts

The Chronicle has reached a tentative agreement with a major union that could allow for the elimination of more than 80 driver positions as part of the newspaper's campaign to cut costs in order to stay afloat.

The approximately 235 Chronicle drivers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 853, are scheduled to vote Sunday on what was presented as the company's final offer, said Rome Aloise, the local's secretary-treasurer.

He said it would clear the way for cutting 30 to 35 percent of those positions, which means the loss of 70 to 83 jobs. Departing workers would receive two weeks of severance pay for every year of employment, up to a maximum of 52 weeks.

Hearst Corp., the private New York company that owns The Chronicle, said in late February that it would sell or close the 144-year-old newspaper if it couldn't quickly achieve significant savings.

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