More half-time cuts to Sun-Times staff

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Two more Sun-Times editorial employees have been reduced from full-time to part-time status as the newspaper continues to face an uncertain future.

Business reporter Sandra Guy and copy editor Jeff Britt last week were the latest staffers whose work weeks were cut in half, according to sources at the Sun-Times.

The move followed similar cuts to celebrity columnist and entertainment reporter Bill Zwecker, transportation reporter Rosalind Rossi, sports reporter Steve Greenberg and entertainment editor Miriam DiNunzio. All had their hours trimmed to 18.75 a week.

In March Sun-Times bosses negotiated an agreement with the Chicago News Guild to forestall layoffs for six months at the paper in exchange for reducing up to six full-time positions to part-time ones. The moratorium on layoffs was approved one week after 15 Sun-Times newsroom staffers accepted voluntary buyouts.

On June 5, the company eliminated the position of Michael Lansu, a reporter for Chicago Sun-Times Wire’s Homicide Watch project. Lansu was not a member of the Guild.

The Homicide Watch project is continuing with other staffers, according to management.