Sac Bee Bargaining Update

Sacramento BeeSacramento Bee management and the paper’s Newspaper Guild local continued negotiations yesterday, and it sounds as if a compromise is closer to happening.

Yesterday the company narrowed its focus from asking for a “blanket right to outsource, use freelancers and turn full-time employees into part-time staff” to giving management more flexibility to outsource the copy and design desk staff, either to another McClatchy paper or outside the company entirely.

The company also asked for the right to turn any recent hires—anyone who joined the company after March 2007—into part-time staff.

Guild representatives called the proposal narrower, but noted it still offered “plenty that was distasteful.”

The Bee cut 25 employees earlier this year, including seven from the editorial side. It was the Bee‘s fourth set of cuts in 18 months.