Thursday, May 7, 2009

San Francisco model points to major layoffs

Boston Globe workers should look west for a glimpse of their possible future as they prepare to vote in coming weeks on deals hammered out by union leaders and management.

The San Francisco Chronicle - a newspaper with eerie similarities to the Globe’s recent history - is now cutting about 150 jobs within its largest union alone, less than two months after it agreed to major contract revisions.

“The mood here is a weird combination of gloom and foreboding mixed with just wanting to get it over with,” said Michael Cabanatuan, a reporter and president of the Chronicle’s California Media Workers Guild, Local 39521.

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