Among the layoffs targeted for end of this week are five positions covered by the Guild, including one columnist/critic and two editorial assistants at the Sun-Times, and one deputy editor and one editorial assistant at the Post-Tribune. Union leadership was notified of the planned layoffs last Friday, according to Guild executive director Craig Rosenbaum, although none of the affected employees was identified by name.
In addition, according to company sources, about a dozen other jobs among non-union personnel in editing and production positions at the Sun-Times, the Post-Tribune and the SouthtownStar are being cut. Those reductions will be achieved through a combination of layoffs and attrition.
The Sun-Times has lined up 30 Chicago celebrities — including famous Chicago actors, comedians, singers, musicians, politicians, sports executives, and more — who will each rotate at writing a column for the Daily Splash section.
Each of the columnists will be paid $1,000 for their columns.