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Washington Post workers begin daylong strike as job cuts loom, 750 workers expected to walk off job

The CEO of the newspaper, Patty Stonesifer, announced plans to cut about 240 jobs, which is roughly 10% of the workforce. 

Published: December 7, 2023 7:51am

Updated: December 7, 2023 4:37pm

Over 750 journalists and staffers at The Washington Post are staging a strike Thursday over the newspaper's decision to make massive job cuts as contract negotiations have halted. 

"We did not come to this decision to do this walkout lightly," Post reporter Marissa Lang said, according to NPR. "We all work at The Washington Post because we believe in its mission and we believe in what we do. And we care deeply about the work we do, the people, the communities, the stories we cover."

In October the CEO of the newspaper, Patty Stonesifer, announced plans to cut about 240 jobs, which is roughly 10% of the workforce. 

The staff would be cut through voluntary buyouts. Stonesifer said that previous management of the newspaper had been "overly optimistic" about the growth of the outlet. 

The Post is owned by billionaire entrepreneur and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The much of the media industry has struggled recently with a decline in advertising sales.

Many organizations have taken a hit over the past few years with Vice and ESPN laying staff off, according to Forbes.

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