Schick: impact of Belo cuts not yet clear for ProJo

Tim Schick, administrator of the Providence Newspaper Guild, says the union fully expects recently announced Belo cutbacks to result in layoffs at the ProJo, "but we don't know where or how many."

With the Guild representing 300 people in Providence, there are 300 variations -- none of them based on special insight into what might actually occur, Schick says -- about what will actually happen. The union administrator, who got in touch with me a short time ago, was responding to my post on the subject two days ago.

Asked how he expects Belo's anticipated 500 corporate-wide cuts to translate in RI, Schick says, "We don't know specifically."

The union has been told, he says, that local management is talking to Belo corporate on how this is going to play out, and that more information is expected in mid-February. "We expect to be the first to hear with concrete information when it does occur," Schick says.

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