Two journalists on a staff of four were laid off and then brought back because of a work-sharing program, says the union, which indicated they are likely to be laid off again. Their hours were reduced to three days per week from five, in changes announced April 3 and implemented April 6.

Updated Oct. 22: Journalists at Black Press’s Lower Mainland papers, including the Surrey Now-Leader, 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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