Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
U-T News People Get Pep Talk, but Little News
In early December, the Union-Tribune said it intended to cut 43 jobs in the newsroom. Those who got in line first could take a buyout, and 29 did. That leaves 14 to be laid off and to get a much smaller buyout package. Employees expected the decks would be cleared by yearend. It hasn't been. On Jan. 9, Editor Karin Winner wrote a brief note to the staff, acknowledging that "the frustration and anxiety level is high right now." She added, "We are in the midst of designing an infrastructure for a new organization" that will "adapt to a smaller news staff." But as far as I can determine, there is no word on the 14 who will go to the gallows. The newsroom had a second announcement on some personnel shifts, but it was routine stuff. As the old pun goes, "No noose is good news," but most would rather get it over with.