SF Chronicle, Teamsters Agree to Cutting 80 Drivers
UPDATE: April 20, 10:32 a.m. Eastern: The union representing Chronicle delivery truck drivers ratified an agreement Sunday that will allow the newspaper to cut between 90 and 100 driver positions, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
The San Fransisco Chronicle and the Teamsters Local 853 reached a tentative agreement that authorizes the release of more than 80 driver positions as part of the newspaper’s campaign to cut operating costs.
The union represents roughly 235 drivers in the circulation department. Members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 853 will vote Sunday on the plan, said Rome Aloise, the local’s secretary-treasurer, in a story in the Chronicle.
The proposal would eliminate 30 to 35 percent of those drivers, which means the loss of 70 to 83 jobs. Departing workers would receive two weeks’ severance pay for every year of employment, up to a maximum of 52 weeks.
Hearst Corp announced in February that it would sell or close the 144-year-old newspaper if it couldn’t quickly achieve significant savings.