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Chicago Sun-Times Agreement Could Bring Back Laid-Off Photographers

Protesters march outside The Chicago Sun Times Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Chicago in opposition the the Sun Times Media Group
Protesters march outside The Chicago Sun Times Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Chicago in opposition the the Sun Times Media Group laying off 28 full time photographers . About 100 people picketed outside the newspaper's headquarters, chanting and carrying signs that read ?Save the photogs? and ?The Sun-Times is out of focus.? (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

A recent agreement reached by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Newspaper Guild could be very good news for some photographers.

The newspaper has settled on a deal that will reportedly bring back some of the 28 photographers who were laid off when the company cut its entire photo staff in late May. The Sun-Times blamed its readers' demand for video and multimedia as its reason for the sweeping lay-offs.

Although the exact number of photographers that will be asked back is still unknown, Robert Feder reported that the changes associated with the new deal could go into effect as soon as January 1, 2014.

If confirmed, the settlement to bring back a portion of the photography staff will come hand-in-hand with the newspaper editorial union's agreement to drop the unfair labor practice complaint it filed against the Sun-Times in August.

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