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Guild Agrees to 'Buffalo News' Layoffs, Salary Cuts.

Members of the Buffalo Newspaper Guild voted overwhelmingly Thursday night to approve a cost-cutting package of salary cuts, layoffs and buyouts expected to save The Buffalo (N.Y.) News about $3 million this year.

By a vote of 178 to 24, the union agreed to buyout offers for 37 members, along with the layoffs of seven full-time employees and two part-timers. Six full-time positions will be eliminated in the circulation department, and one-full time position will be lost in classified. Two part-time positions in the newsroom will also be eliminated.

The News had been seeking the departure of as many as 52 employees if the buyouts and other concessions were not agreed by the Guild, which represents more than 280 employees in the newsroom, classified and circulation departments. The agreement was reported by James Fink on the Web site of Business First of Buffalo and by Mike Desmond on the Web site of WNED public radio.

Under the concession agreement, the Guild will give up half of the 2% wage increase that was to take effect this August. The other 1% increase was deferred from August to Feb. 1, 2010.

The Guild also agreed to eliminate the $9 differential pay for members who work during the day on Sundays. The night differential pay was not changed. Guild members also agreed to the elimination of an annual $50 holiday bonus in December.

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Title Annotation:Buffalo Newspaper Guild
Publication:Editor & Publisher
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 27, 2009
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