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An agreement between the Newspaper Guild of Detroit and 21st CMH Acquisition Co. has delayed the sale of Journal Register Company, Adrienne LaFrance reports.

The deal eliminates 15 positions, including laying off five circulation clerks, three janitors and seven paginators who worked at the Macomb Daily and the Daily Tribune. Unionized employees had been braced for worse, including 15 percent across-the-board pay cuts. JRC newspapers elsewhere in the country are also reporting layoffs on the horizon, including 11 cuts to news and circulation staff at The Daily Freeman in New York. A letter was sent to all Journal Register employees in February that said the new company will decide which employees it will hire.

The sale had been scheduled for Tuesday. Journal Register Company filed for bankruptcy in September.