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Buyouts Claim Centuries of Experience at Star Tribune

Nearly 600 years of experience is walking out the doors of the Minneapolis Star Tribune newsroom beginning this week. But the good news is that the journalists decided on their own to leave, and most of their jobs are expected to be filled. A clause in the Guild contract allows members to take a buyout with up to 26 weeks’ severance pay if the newspaper is sold. Nineteen Guild-represented journalists, most of them near or at retirement age, are doing so, said Minnesota Newspaper and Communications Guild President Janet Moore. "This is a good deal for these folks, but a lot of us are very sad to see them go because they are great people and great journalists,” she said.