The Oberlin Review

Four Union Journalists Remain After “Plain Dealer” Layoffs

Aly Fogel, Associate Editor

April 18, 2020

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the city's 178-year-old print publication, made its latest cuts in a series of layoffs last week. Two decades ago, the paper employed around 340 union journalists. There are now only four union journalists and two non-union journalists working at The Plain Dealer. Advance Publications owns The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com, a non-union digital publication. The paper will continue to print regularly with contributions from Cleveland.com, which employs approximately 60 non-union journalists. On April 3, 22 journalists were laid off from The Plain Dealer, including 18 union journalists and four non-union managers, leaving the paper with 14 union journalists. According to the Northeast Ohio New...

College Makes First Layoffs in More than 10 Years

Oliver Bok, Staff Writer

October 31, 2014

The College is laying off three employees due to the recent switch from coal to natural gas in the College’s heating plant. The three heating plant engineers in question must decide by Nov. 5 either to leave the College entirely or to accept a custodian position with a 35 percent cut to their current pay. “I’ve been here for 33 years. This is the first time that I’ve ever known that the College has [permanently] laid off service workers,” said Milton Wyman, a member of the Oberlin College Facilities department and chairman of the local United Auto Workers, one of the four unions on campus. According to one of the engineers, the layoffs were a result of the fact that the new natural gas heating plant is...

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