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March 11, 2009 > Sacramento Bee staffers approve pay cuts

Sacramento Bee staffers approve pay cuts

By Steve Lawrence, Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Mar 06 _ Newspaper Guild members at The Sacramento Bee have agreed to take pay cuts of up to 6 percent to save jobs at the 152-year-old paper.

Guild leaders said Friday that their members voted 65 percent to 35 percent to accept the pay cuts.

The deal saves 19 Guild-covered jobs in the paper's editorial and advertising departments, at least for now. The Bee's managers still plan to eliminate 34 other positions.

In addition to the pay cuts, the proposal allows the newspaper's management to require employees to take a week of unpaid leave.

The Bee is owned by the McClatchy Co., the nation's third largest newspaper publisher.

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