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Friday, May 8, 2009

Guild: Chron Layoff Count From Past Two Days Reaches 39; 151 Have Departed Since March

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2009 at 3:59 PM

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The Media Workers Guild announced this afternoon that the final tally for the San Francisco Chronicle's two-day layoff binge was 39 departed Guild workers: 18 on the newsroom side and 21 in advertising, ad production, and other commercial departments.

As reported yesterday, the Chron dismissed a number of its most veteran and respected writers; seven reporters and an editor were reported to have been laid off from the Metro Desk alone.

The Guild announcement notes that 151 union employees have voluntarily or involuntarily left the paper since the Chron's much-publicized existential crisis/hardball union negotiating tactic reached its boiling point earlier this year; 150 was seen as the "magic number" of employees management hoped to shed.

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