Cleveland Plain Dealer tells union it plans to cut one-third of newsroom staff

Advance Publications’ Cleveland Plain Dealer has told the Newspaper Guild Local 1 that it plans to reduce the number of newsroom union members to 110 next year, or about one-third of the Guild membership. “The paper said most of the reduction would be through layoffs, though some employees will be offered jobs at,” says a message on the Save the Plain Dealer Facebook page. “The Plain Dealer is pressing for the ability to handpick who stays and who goes. The company also wants to reduce the newsroom by at least 20 more positions in the following years.”

* Plain Dealer tells Guild it plans to cut newsroom positions (
* A “Save the Plain Dealer” party is planned for Thursday (
* Claim: Advertisers aren’t concerned about PD cutting its publishing schedule (
* Earlier: Fearing loss of 7-day-a-week paper, staff launches “Save the Plain Dealer” campaign ( | (