Workers Reveal Extent of Plain Dealer Layoffs

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CLEVELAND — The Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild says the city’s largest newspaper in circulation is set to significantly reduce its staff in 2013.

According to Harlan Spector, the unit chair of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, membership will be reduced to 110 members in The Plain Dealer’s newsroom.

The reductions total about a third of the Guild’s membership. The Plain Dealer has said the majority of cuts will be made through layoffs, and some employees will be offered positions at Cleveland.com. The paper has yet to say how many will be offered those jobs, or how they will be chosen.

Employees and their supporters launched the ‘Save The Plain Dealer’ initiative in light of plans to reduce the number of days the paper is printed.

Along with the layoffs, the Guild says the paper also has plans to reduce staff by at least 20 more positions following the layoffs.

There is even a Save The Plain Dealer Facebook page.


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