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The Plain Dealer informed the Guild today it would move forward with a plan to outsource the jobs of 29 Guild and management employees who copy edit, curate and design our newspaper. #KeepPDLocal #keepjournalismlocal #localjournalismmatters #1u @news_guild @CWAUnion
The Plain Dealer unit of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild for months has fought to keep this work in Cleveland because the Guild knows that having local journalists, with knowledge of the community, would produce the best newspaper. #KeepPDLocal @news_guild @CWAUnion
The company had a proposal from the Guild that offered significant savings and would preserve quality. The company could not assure the Guild, other than with platitudes, that the other “bidders” would treat Guild work with the same care. #KeepPDLocal @news_guild @CWAUnion
Instead, the company made its choice based on “cost savings and efficiencies.” Plain Dealer readers deserve more than a cookie cutter newspaper. #KeepPDLocal @news_guild @CWAUnion
The Guild has seen examples of mistakes in other papers using the centralized production model that concern the Guild greatly. #KeepPDLocal @news_guild @CWAUnion
Plain Dealer Editor George Rodrigue told the public that all decisions about content would rest with The Plain Dealer but, based on Guild conversations with Rodrigue, that does not appear to be entirely true. #KeepPDLocal @news_guild @CWAUnion
The Guild believes this clearly is a union-busting move as the company has said some non-union jobs would be offered to current employees who do essentially the same duties now but would have to work for Advance Local, which is a part of the same overall company. #KeepPDLocal
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