One journalist was laid off on March 20, then brought back through a work-sharing program, says the union that represents 13 journalists and sales reps, which indicated they are likely to be laid off again. Four other staff, mostly from sales, were laid off on March 20. Hours for remaining employees were cut to three days per week from five in changes announced April 3 that took effect April 6.
Updated Oct. 22: Journalists at Black Press’s Lower Mainland papers, including the Chilliwack Progress, have had their hours restored to full time under Service Canada Work-Sharing Agreements between Oct. 6 and 26 for the duration of the provincial election.
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