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Let the Star Tribune byline strike begin

Tuesday has come early on the web.
By David Brauer

Tuesday has come early on the web.

My explanation here. Here’s the Newspaper Guild statement:

MINNEAPOLIS, MONDAY, January 25, 2010: On Tuesday, Jan. 26, journalists in the Star Tribune Newspaper Guild will remove their bylines from their stories in the newspaper and on to pay tribute to colleagues who are losing their jobs in a workforce reduction.

In coming weeks, 29 copy editors, photographers, photo lab assistants, photo editors, wire and web editors, copy desk chiefs, news assistants and graphics technicians will leave the newspaper through buyouts and layoffs. Together, they represent hundreds of years of service to the Star Tribune.

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“These employees may be nameless to our readers, but they represent the very core of our operation. This action is intended to show our deep gratitude and respect to our co-workers who are leaving,” said Janet Moore and David Chanen, co-chairs of the Star Tribune Newspaper Guild.

The union represents about 270 journalists.

The Guild’s union contract protects the right of members to remove their bylines from stories in protest.