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Reporting on the latest layoffs at Sun-Times Media, the Monday Tribune focused on banished bosses such as Paulette Haddix, executive editor of the Post-Tribune, and Phil Arvia, sports editor for the SouthtownStar and Herald-News. In all, a dozen jobs were lost, and here’s a name that didn’t make the Tribune story: Dave Roknic, who’s a Sun-Times copy editor.
More to the point, he is, or was, one of three Sun-Times employees on the negotiating committee of the Chicago Newspaper Guild that’s now mired in contract talks with Sun-Times Media that are going nowhere. (The Reader is owned by Sun-Times Media but it is not unionized and it is not a party to the negotiations.) And on Monday, another of the three Sun-Times negotiators, business writer Dave Roeder, started a new job that takes him out of the union. He’s now working for the Grid, a new weekly created to supply the Sun-Times with business news. The Grid is owned by Wrapports LLC, parent company of Sun-Times Media, but it’s not a part of Sun-Times Media. Roeder and two other Sun-Times business writers accepted job offers at the Grid after being told their old jobs would no longer exist.