Skip to comments.Block Communications to lay off hundreds at newspapers in Pittsburgh, Toledo
Posted on 06/04/2014 8:49:19 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
Block Communications Inc. said it will lay off 136 people at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and 131 at the Blade of Toledo, a decision that will help cut costs at the two money-losing dailies where the company has been wrangling with unions for more than a year over concessions.
Negotiations with the unions over a new contract have been ongoing for a year, with Block asking for wage and benefit concessions after years of losses. In March, members of the Newspaper Guild celebrated their 3,000th day without a raise with a pie party in the newsroom.
Block told employees in Toledo in a recent letter that losses exceeded $8.5 million in 2013, and unions in Pittsburgh said the P-G was expected to lose $22 million in 2013. Block is a private company and isn't required to publicly report financial information.
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The Toledo Blade has been nothing but a Leftist propaganda mill for decades. Good riddance.
Did some research on typographer’s pay like in the late 80’s was $750 a week.
The progressive Post-Gazette actually wanted their employees to take less money? Tsk tsk.
Dinosaur Media Deathwatch ping
Venerable old papers if a bit liberal.
How the Youngstown Vindicator stays in business I will never know.
Still like the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
They will claim that it is due to the Internet but I’d still be reading my local newspaper if it weren’t so leftist. I was a faithful subscriber until I couldn’t stand it anymore.
I turn down all free offers because it is too much effort to pick it up off of the ground and drop it into the recycle bin.
Sounds like the best solution for this is...a wage increase (sarcasm)
See you in the funny papers...
Oh God please let the PG job cuts include the race-obsessed Tony Norman and the craven lefty Reg Henry.
They also kept the wrong editorial cartoonist. Rob Rogers is another blind mouse.
How will we know whats on sale? or read the farm report?
Unfortunately these papers are still online and while we may puzzle at their readership numbers, comment sections following stories confirm that there are plenty of socialist dolts out there.
The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat at least offers truth in advertising.
In this roaring Obama economy, I’m sure these guys will find work right away. :)
Not hardly even good for fishwrap these days. Just like the Atlanta Urinal Constipation.
Double the price of the paper. That’ll fix it!
I know. And the are too shortsighted to realize that more folks might buy their product if it weren’t so slanted.
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