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Union-Tribune employees continue to talk about more pending layoffs. Pressmen have received a notice that there will be layoffs between August and October because of weakness in both advertising and circulation. These same factors are behind the rumors of more layoffs. At one point, the U-T intended to lease the 4th and 5th floors of the Mission Valley headquarters. Now, there is talk that the first floor is up for lease, too.

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johnegger23 Aug. 11, 2009 @ 10:45 a.m.

But the economy is coming back right?

Wait, till the next downturn.


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 11, 2009 @ 10:57 a.m.

I feel bad for the current crop of UT employees.

I know the entire work force there must be under a tremendous amount of stress with the current state of affairs.


HellcatCopley Aug. 11, 2009 @ 11:14 a.m.

Read this, Boston Globe employees, and tremble.


thegriv Aug. 11, 2009 @ 2:20 p.m.

The Copley Curse is a hex that keeps on giving. Creators Syndicate, the Los Angeles-based company that purchased Copley News Service in June 2008, today laid off seven of its 21 employees, including three of the four former Copley employees hired at the time of the purchase. Had those former Copley Employees not been offered jobs by Creators, they would have received a generous severance package of two weeks pay for every year with Copley, benefits for the length of the severance package and re-employment counseling.

Now, they get two weeks severance and bupkis.

Good luck to those Union-Tribune employees laid off today by Platinum, they look to get the same bupkis.


Don Bauder Aug. 12, 2009 @ 9:09 a.m.

Response to post #1: The realistic economy is not coming back. The statistics look better because interests have been artificially lowered and the Federal Reserve and Treasury have pumped more than $12 trillion into fighting the slump in loans, loan guarantees, outright gifts, bailouts, etc. etc. The economy and markets are floating on a sea of liquidity. At some point all this liquidity will have to be sopped up. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 12, 2009 @ 9:12 a.m.

Response to post #2: The stress is terrible, I am told. That's true throughout the written media, but it seems to be somewhat worse in San Diego. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 12, 2009 @ 9:13 a.m.

Response to post #3: One rumor has the layoffs coming today (Aug. 12). Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 12, 2009 @ 9:15 a.m.

Response to post #4: I was not aware of those layoffs. Appreciate the info. Best, Don Bauder


Shadow Aug. 12, 2009 @ 10:41 a.m.

They are indeed going down now... the rumor's true.


paul Aug. 12, 2009 @ 12:16 p.m.

The VoSD reported that Kittle got laid off.


thegriv Aug. 12, 2009 @ 12:31 p.m.

There's more: David Coddon, Laura Embry, Mark Arner, Rick Rodgers, Brian Cragin, Ann McLachlan, Yvette Garza, Jack Woodruff, Bernie Jones, Bob Kittle. I'm told the target is 120.


Shadow Aug. 12, 2009 @ 12:46 p.m.

Karin and her great and good friends better learn how to write, edit and shoot photos darn quick.


exnewsman Aug. 12, 2009 @ 1:04 p.m.

Looks like they're cutting more bone while there's still fat elsewhere on the body. Shadow is right.


HellcatCopley Aug. 12, 2009 @ 1:26 p.m.

"Karin and her great and good friends better learn how to write, edit and shoot photos darn quick."

She also better learn to plate up the presses, sell ads and deliver papers!


oldUTwordguy Aug. 12, 2009 @ 1:27 p.m.

Lemme see. bout 6 senior editors, two metro editors, half dozen assistant metro editors. bout 1.5 editors for each metro reporter. At least they'll have lots of bodies for all those meetings where they talk about newspapering instead of actually producing one.


HellcatCopley Aug. 12, 2009 @ 4:24 p.m.

Add the following:

Tony Hildago (distribution manager) Gerry Winkleman (advertising) Lou Shook (head of advertising creative) Aaron Pett (telecomm manager)


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 12, 2009 @ 4:46 p.m.

Wow, it is indeed a sad day for our local paper.


Don Bauder Aug. 12, 2009 @ 9:49 p.m.

Response to posts 9 through 17: I appreciate the names that you folks supplied, as well as the interpretations. I am on vacation in Santa Fe right now, and your fast responses kept us ahead of the game, even though I was otherwise occupied. Best, Don Bauder


gekko Aug. 14, 2009 @ 8:29 p.m.

Does anyone know any more names who were let go? How about anyone let go from circulation, distribution or production?


Don Bauder Aug. 14, 2009 @ 10:42 p.m.

Response to post #19: I am back from vacation. I will try to get a complete list. As I understand it, there are 120 who got -- or will get -- the axe. Best, Don Bauder


gekko Aug. 16, 2009 @ 9:33 p.m.

Don: Can you get the names of the 192 who were let go in May?


Don Bauder Aug. 17, 2009 @ 7:29 a.m.

Response to post #21: I'll try to do so. Best, Don Bauder


gekko Aug. 30, 2009 @ 5:15 p.m.

Response to #22. Don: It might be easier to list the remaining employees than those who were let go.


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