Chicago Tribune agrees to pay $660,000 to settle overtime lawsuit

UPDATE: The Tribune has finally reported this news.
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Last February, a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal suburban weekly sued the paper for overtime. Carolyn Rusin said the Tribune didn’t pay her and dozens of other TribLocal reporters time-and-a-half for their overtime work.
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This week, 46 former and current TribLocal reporters were told that a federal judge preliminarily approved a $660,000 settlement. (“The parties estimate that about $413,000.00 will be available for distribution to class members,” says the settlement document. Lawyers will get the rest of the money.)

Ex-TribLocal staffer Rusin will receive her overtime pay and a $10,000 “Representative Service Award” for her work on the suit.

“We think it’s a great settlement,” the journalists’ attorney, Maureen A. Salas, told me this morning. “We’re optimistic it will get final approval” at the June 4 hearing.

The largest check – $18,468.09 – will go to Annemarie Mannion. “I’m not sure I want to comment,” she told me this afternoon. Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman also declined comment.

The list of reporters and the amounts they’re getting is after the jump.


EXHIBIT A
Carolyn Rusin, et al. v. Chicago Tribune News LLC
Settlement Allocation

Alderman, Amy – $12,977.97
Botterman, Kevin J – $12,777.56
Bullington, Jonathan – $15,381.16
Cantarelli, Jessica – $8,348.01
Chavis, Blair I – $5,830.07
Cherone, Heather Callane – $7,918.28
Craig, Megan L. – $12,720.18
Danna, Jeffrey – $13,788.55
Delgado, Jennifer M. – $8,205.17
DeVore, Sheryl – $6,759.51
Doyle, Bridget – $12,401.19
Grimm, Andrew – $10,537.61
Huston, John P. – $9,701.13
Jaworski, James – $12,905.59
Koch, Ashley M. – $8,852.57
Lee, Jason P – $12,943.27
Leimkuehler, Katie L – $4,900.64
Leszczewicz, Heather – $6,590.51
Loll, Kimberly – $14,779.66
MacMillan, Patricia A – $7,942.41
Manchir, Michelle R. – $8,167.01
Mannion, Annemarie A – $18,468.09
Owen, Mary L – $6,417.82
Purins, Carrie – $181.06
Rakoczy, Mary – $8,782.05
Rhodes, Carole D. – $10,290.71
Riske, Melissa R – $7,599.07
Rollens, Patrick – $6,887.79
Rouan, Richard – $1,054.48
Rusin, Carolyn – $4,749.22
Silva, Kara – $7,242.33
Simon, Stephanie H – $17.44
Slodysko, Brian M. – $6,647.86
Stoffel, Michelle T. – $10,984.19
Swasko, Michael – $14,901.33
Synett, Lawerence – $12,251.60
Ter Maat, Sue – $13,515.27
Tesimu, Tara – $6,759.51
Trice, Melissa Sue Jenco – $9,631.90
Vassolo, Elizabeth M – $7,942.41
Vorva, Jeff – $13,334.65
Wegrzyn, Kate T – $8,097.88
Whack, Harold – $1,351.90
Willis Aronowitz, Nona – $6,696.76
Wimbiscus, William – $14,766.64

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