There are 40 to 50 newsroom employees who will be leaving the Star Tribune shortly, most of them through a voluntary buyout program. Some are encouraged to take modest packages; others are shown how bad things can get for them. Buyout applications are still being evaluated by scores, and some additional departures might be announced in the coming days. In addition, those taking voluntary buyouts have 15 days to rescind their application, meaning a few may decide to stay, for awhile.
Next, bumping goes on for those left who want the the desired positions, a Guild rule.
In percentage, the Strib cutback is on par with The Chronicle’s. How will the readers live without the classical music reviewer?