July 23, 2012
Two people from the Sacramento Bee newsroom have been laid off today. One worked as a photo tech the other worked as a librarian.
The guild was not given advanced notice. As their normal practice, management will pay the affected employees an additional week as a result.
I’m told the layoffs were part of a small company wide reduction primarily in areas where technology has created “efficiencies.”
We were not given the exact number of layoffs building wide. They are not required to give us any information about positions not covered by the guild.
However, I am told the number is in the single digits. (Although someone else said the number is 13.)
In any case, the news both saddens and distresses me. Like most newsroom and advertising employees, I hoped that the dark days were behind us.
– Ed Fletcher