Layoffs expected at the Chronicle

March 6, 2009 8:01:00 PM PST
Push is coming to shove at the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The paper last month warned employees that it would either be sold, or closed without major union concessions.

Friday evening, the guild representing most newsroom employees says Chronicle management warned it last night at least 150 of 500 editorial employees will be laid off, even if the union agrees to the newspaper's latest proposal. If they do not agree, there will be at least 225 layoffs.

The union says the Chronicle is demanding an end to seniority based layoffs, reduced sick leave, longer work weeks and the phasing out of the union pension plan.

The paper says that negotiations continue and nothing has changed since bargaining began.

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