Journalists are being balloted on whether to take industrial action over plans to cut 15 editorial jobs.
As previously reported on HTFP, Newsquest announced plans last month to axe 25 roles across its York, Bradford and Darlington centres and create 10 new posts.
Now members of the York chapel of the National Union of Journalists are being balloted for action over the proposals.
Staff at risk in York under the planned restructure include the editor and deputy of the Ryedale Gazette and Herald, an internet editor, digital community publisher, newsroom assistant and deputy sports editor.
A new social media editor post is being created in York, while the roles of chief sub, night production editor, features editor and content editor will transfer to Bradford.
The industrial action ballot has begun today and closes on 4 June.
NUJ Northern and Midlands organiser Chris Morley said: “Our members in York are incensed that yet again the company is looking to force its journalists out of their livelihoods in yet more knee-jerk cuts.
“They want to put a marker down to the company that it is going too far and that it risks destroying the very essence of its titles as sources of trusted, quality, local news.
“There is already a backlash in the community at news of these cuts and we know our members’ stand will be greatly supported by the city they serve.”
Editor roles under threat as a result of last month’s announcement include those of the Craven Herald’s Andrew Hitchon, Richard Parker of the Keighley News and Catherine Turnbull of the Ilkley Gazette and Wharfedale Observer.
Eleven roles are set to disappear in Darlington, along with six in York and eight in Bradford.
Eight new roles will be created in a new production unit in Bradford catering for all Newsquest titles in Yorkshire and the North-East.
No one from Newsquest had responded to requests for a comment about the ballot at the time of publication.