CLEVELAND -- A waiting game for employees after The Plain Dealer announced cuts to its staff.
Harlan Spector, Unit Chair of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, confirmed employees were told to go home Wednesday and wait for a phone call informing them whether or not their jobs have been eliminated.
The cuts affect the paper's advertising, marketing, pre-press, finance, information technology and building service departments, according to the Save the PD Facebook page.
Plain Dealer President and Publisher Terry Egger released the following statement:
"In September of 2012 we announced that we would begin the process of designing the best business model that would safeguard the future of this enterprise, ensure our leadership in the market, uphold our journalistic standards and continue our mission to serve the Northeast Ohio community for years to come.
These changes require a redesign of all of our operations and will result in the realignment of our workforce. These are difficult decisions, but are necessary. As a result, we have laid off some employees in certain departments and we will go through a similar process later this summer.
Again, our goal in making these changes remains the same: to ensure that we are positioned to be a viable business and remain Northeast Ohio's number one source for news and information in the ever-changing media environment.
We also look forward to sharing some exciting news about our products and our future in the coming weeks as we finalize our plans."
The Plain Dealer announced last month that the newspaper is scaling back home deliveries to three times a week Home delivery will include a Wednesday edition with extended food and dining coverage, a Friday edition with more focus on entertainment and a Sunday edition featuring news, sports, arts and travel.