MORE LAYOFFS PLANNED
The company informed Guild leadership this afternoon that it intends to eliminate 35 bargaining-unit jobs at the Inquirer and Daily News effective Dec. 31.
The layoffs as planned would come primarily from the newsrooms, specifically from the photo and graphic arts departments and the copy desk. The company also plans to cut six positions in advertising.
And for the last time, no, Philebrity is not hiring. We’ll ponder this at greater length tomorrow when Philebs returns. The rest of the bad news — including specific cuts, and the number you, PMH Employee, can call if you wanna throw down for a voluntary layoff — after the jump.
Layoffs among management are also planned. The company would not say how many. Tomorrow, it will send letters to all 320-plus independent employees across the company asking for volunteers. If it does not get enough volunteers, the company said it will resort to forced layoffs of independents. Management cuts are assured in all departments.
The projected Guild layoffs are as follows:
At the Inquirer:
2 photo lab technicians
3 photo editors
7 copy editors
3 graphic artists
At the Daily News:
4 part-time copy editors
1 full-time copy editor
1 graphic artist
4 outside sales positions
2 retail supervisor positions
The company said the job cuts are necessary as revenue continues to decline.
The Guild leadership urges anyone interested in volunteering for a layoff to contact Administrative Officer Bill Ross at 215-928-0118 (the Guild office) or 267-240-8540 (his cell) as soon as possible.
The company has indicated it will accept volunteers in any job category but is most interested in achieving the numbers in the categories outlined above. Volunteers in those targeted categories will be accepted and will save a fellow member on a one-for-one basis based on seniority.
Volunteers who are accepted will be entitled to full severance pay, unemployment, unused 2008 vacation and personal days and COBRA health insurance coverage up to 18 months. They also would be eligible for recall for one year. The same applies for any employee laid off involuntarily.
Guild leaders will resume discussions with the company tomorrow.