Patriot-News, Post-Standard employees to find out today whether they’ll be laid off

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Employees at the (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News and the (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard will find out Monday whether they’ll be kept on at new companies that will publish print newspapers three days per week. In Pennsylvania, employees will meet in person with managers:

“The excitement and challenge of starting new companies that can meet the rapidly changing needs of our readers, advertisers and the community are taking a distant back seat today to the needs of dealing the best we can with each person on our staff,” said Patriot-News Publisher and President John Kirkpatrick, who will become president of PA Media Group. “We are all aware that this is an extremely difficult moment for each and every person in our organization.”

70 percent of The Patriot-News’ employees will stay on, an unbylined article says. The company will hire 51 new positions, and those laid off “will also be allowed to apply” for them, the article says.

Employees in Syracuse are also expected to learn their fates today. “[A]bout 60″ new jobs will be created there, according to the Post-Standard.

Both papers will begin their new schedules in January. Their corporate siblings in New Orleans and Alabama began printing on a reduced schedule Monday.

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