SF Chron Workers Approve Tentative Labor Agreement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Chronicle's largest employees union has approved a tentative labor agreement that will
allow the newspaper to lay off workers without regard to seniority,
along with other cost-cutting measures.

Michael Cabanatuan, president of the Northern California Media Workers Guild and a Chronicle reporter, says the union's members
passed the agreement Saturday by a 10-1 margin. The union represents about 500 editorial, advertising and circulation workers.

The concessions also include less vacation time and longer work weeks for the same wage.

Cabanatuan says he expects the company will cut about 150 guild-covered jobs. The newspaper's management had threatened to lay off 225.

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