McClatchy mulls copy desk consolidation

McClatchy will announce next month whether the copy desks at its five California newspapers will be consolidated. Sacramento Bee bosses want the central desk to be in their newsroom, but McClatchy’s HR director says that will depend on whether the Bee can host the desk at a cost that’s acceptable to the publishers of the other McClatchy papers in California, which have lower salary scales.

Company lawyer Bob Ford said later that creating a separate guild unit for the consolidated desk made sense because there would be a lot of separate labor issues unique to the new desk.

The guild says it’s willing to a separate unit for central desk employees.

* Desk consolidation decision expected in January