Not the kind of email you like to see at the end of your shift. Long Beach gets in on these layoffs too. Email to staffers from the SoCal Media Guild:
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 6:35 PM
Subject: Notification of layoffs
I'm sorry to report that we received correspondence from the company today, notifying us that there will be additional layoffs tomorrow, Thursday January 8, in the editorial departments at both the Daily News and the Press Telegram. At the Daily News a total of seven positions will be cut, five from the bargaining unit and two managers. At the Press Telegram three positions will be eliminated, all from the bargaining unit.
The decision is reportedly in response to declining revenues.
The Guild has requested a meeting with the company to discuss the impact and effects of these layoffs, and for information regarding their decision, and how the remaining staff will handle the workload. Although the layoffs appear to meet the company's contractual obligations, we will determine if any violations have occurred, and if so we will file a grievance immediately.
To assure that no contractual violations have occurred, I ask those of you who receive notice to please contact me via email or my cell...
Vicki Di Paolo
CWA Local 9400
Lends credence to the talk that the Singleton papers are making it up month to month, if not week to week. There were layoffs today at the San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.