Union members at The Fresno Bee say they'll take pay cuts of up to 6 percent in exchange for fewer layoffs at the San Joaquin Valley paper.
A union leader says workers' approval of the deal Tuesday will save five union-covered, fulltime jobs in the newsroom. Still, Bee managers plan to eliminate 16 full-time and five part-time jobs of the 89 Guild-covered positions in the newswroom.
The cuts are part of a move by its owner, McClatchy Co., to eliminate 15 percent of its work force. Workers at The Sacramento Bee and The Modesto Bee already have agreed to concessions in recent days.
Under The Fresno Bee's proposal, employees earning between $60,000 and $89,999 a year will have their pay cut 6 percent. Employees making $35,000 or less won't face a salary reduction.
Publisher Will Fleet said he couldn't comment.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Fresno Guild approves management plan calling for 21 Guild layoffs, wage cuts
The Fresno Bee Newspaper Guild has voted to approve a management plan calling for layoffs and wage cuts.