The Chicago Sun-Times is set to rehire four photographers that were laid off last May as part of a collective bargaining agreement with the Chicago Newspaper Guild.
“In this negotiation, we were able to gain something back during onerous times in the newspaper industry. Four photographers will be rehired by Sun-Times (Media) in the next 90 days," Chicago Newspaper Guild Executive Director Craig Rosenbaum said of the deal.
The three-year contract also includes a $2,000 payment to the photogs that will not be rehired. The deal covers some 130 guild members who work for the Sun-Times newspaper units: the Chicago Sun-Times, Joliet Herald-News, Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, and Pioneer Press. The contract includes a 2 percent pay increase in 2016 and gets rid of a two-week unpaid furlough.
The contract's start date is January 1.