Guild vows to fight Sun-Times layoffs

ChicagoSun-TimesThe Chicago Newspaper Guild warned Tuesday it would “exhaust all legal options” to block additional layoffs among the editorial ranks of the Sun-Times.

“Any further layoffs in the editorial department on the part of Sun-Times Media will be at its own peril,” executive director Craig Rosenbaum said in a statement posted on the Guild website. “Moreover, from a practical standpoint, I really cannot see how the Sun-Times can put out a viable product with any further layoffs in its editorial department.”

The statement came in the wake of a report here Friday that the company was gearing up for another round of layoffs early next year. No specific goals have been set, but multiple sources confirmed that staff reductions would be necessary to offset revenue shortfalls. Departments throughout Sun-Times Media — including editorial — would be affected.

Officially, Sun-Times Media parent company Wrapports LLC did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Here is the full text of Rosenbaum’s statement:

“Any further layoffs in the editorial department on the part of Sun-Times Media will be at its own peril. The Guild promptly challenged the layoffs of our Sun-Times Unit Chair and the entire photography department with the National Labor Relations Board. The Guild will exhaust all legal options to prevent any future layoffs. Moreover, from a practical standpoint, I really cannot see how the Sun-Times can put out a viable product with any further layoffs in its editorial department.”