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WBEZ, Chicago Staffer Starts GoFundMe for Fired Co-Workers

In the aftermath of the cuts at Chicago Public Media announced this week, WBEZ criminal justice reporter Patrick Smith has started a GoFundMe to help his former fellow workers affected by layoffs. He says, “On March 3, CPM leadership announced the shuttering of the podcast unit, the end of the Vocalo radio signal and the layoff of 14 people. All of those people were valuable and deserve support, however I am operating this fundraiser as a member of the CPM SAG-AFTRA unit so all of the funds raised will go to the nine unit members who lost their jobs. The total amount raised will be split evenly between the nine unit members who were laid off.”