Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Union-Tribune Lays Off 27, Says 18 More Will Go
Another shoe finally dropped at the Union-Tribune today (Jan. 15). The company posted a memo saying that it was informing 27 employees from throughout the company that their positions had been eliminated. Also, the company said that 18 artist positions in the advertising production operation would be outsourced later in the year. I was not able to reach company management. Employees do not know who has been laid off, so there is much consternation, because it is not clear that those whose heads are on the chopping block have yet been told. Early in December, the company said it wanted to eliminate 43 positions in the newsroom. Those getting in line early could get a buyout, and 29 took it. That left 14 newsroom jobs still to be eliminated. Presumably, they will vanish today.