From The Plain Dealer

The union representing reporters and other newsroom staff at theAkron Beacon Journal said the newspaper announced a buyout offer Wednesday aimed at avoiding layoffs, according to a union official.

The company is requesting that up to five full-time union newsroom staff take buyouts, said Rollie Dreussi, executive secretary of the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild, Local 1.Beacon Journal officials have said the company would issue a layoff notice next week, he said. The contract requires a 60-day layoff notice. Company officials have told the union that the newspaper would rescind the layoff notice if enough union members volunteered for the buyouts. Buyouts are being extended to full-time reporters, photographers, copy editors and designers.

“We’re sorry to see a reduction in our workforce at the Beacon Journal, but we’re happy they are trying to do it through a buyout with severance pay as opposed to a strict layoff,” Dreussi said.

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