The Union plans staff “changes,” will shift printing to Sac Bee presses

In a column today Publisher Jim Hemig tries to put a “glass is half full” spin on major changes at The Union that include “hiring new people, retraining some and helping others find a possible new career path.” In addition The Union will be “printed on the Bee’s press” in Sacramento.

“Not many, but just more than a dozen positions of The Union’s nearly 60-person staff will change across 2015.” If you do the math, 12 out of 60 is 20 percent of the workforce.

Until now, The Union has been printed at its current location on Sutton Way. The printing changes are planned for “early 2015,” Hemig writes.

The Union also is seeking new revenue streams. It plans to hold more for-profit events (“up to five new events possible for next year”) and may make another movie (“our first ever documentary sold out three showings and more than 600 DVDs and still counting”).

Still Hemig is bullish: Printing the paper in Sacramento will ensure “full color on every page.” “The Union moves into Version 4.0 in a healthy and prosperous condition. The current print and online readership is stronger than ever. Our events are some of the area’s best, and our advertising and business relationships are far improved over prior years. We plan to leverage the fun and successes of 2014 into the future to be the best possible version of The Union for our community.”

Sounds like fun.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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5 Responses to The Union plans staff “changes,” will shift printing to Sac Bee presses

  1. brucelevy says:

    “… The current print and online readership is stronger than ever. Our events are some of the area’s best, and our advertising and business relationships are far improved over prior years. We plan to leverage the fun and successes of 2014 into the future to be the best possible version of The Union for our community.”

    Oy

  2. jeffpelline says:

    The Bee also prints the Modesto Bee and — get this — Marin Independent-Journal now.

  3. Curtis Walker says:

    How is outsourcing local jobs supporting the local economy?

  4. Lindy Beatie says:

    Just hope the events planned are more inline with what the sac business journal does rather than competing with the nonprofit events in town .. Will see

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