At least five newsroom staffers at the Richmond Times-Dispatch were told they were being laid off by owner Lee Enterprises, reports Virginia Business, which adds that four people laid off were part of the bargaining unit for the Richmond Newspapers Professional Association, the Times-Dispatch’s newsroom union.

The company, continued Virginia Business has also decided to cut 10 copy editing and design jobs at The Roanoke Times. “The eliminated jobs are part of a plan to centralize page design for many of the company’s Virginia-based newspapers at hubs in the Midwest.

“And at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, two members of its union were laid off Friday, the Blue Ridge Guild said on Twitter, adding that the company chose to pay them for two weeks instead of giving them notice. One person whose position was eliminated was digital content coordinator Meghin Moore, who wrote in a tweet that she was informed Friday that it was her last day. A staff writer, Tyler Hammel, wrote on Twitter that the newspaper has lost seven union positions since July, and by next month, “our newsroom will be composed of 9 union positions and 2 editors.” Staff writers and other non-supervisory positions are eligible to join the union, but not editors.”

“The cuts hurt and leave the Progress on life support,” the guild wrote in a tweet.

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