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NY Times Begins Layoffs With Goal to Cut 100-Plus Jobs

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 01:44 PM

The New York Times on Tuesday began the process of notifying newsroom staff of layoffs, which along with the buyout process, will exceed the 100 job cuts it had planned.

According to Capital New York, the Newspaper Guild of New York, which represents 1,100 Times employees, issued a memo to its members saying that the Times would be laying off 21 union-represented employees.

Fifty-seven guild members and about 30 non-guild members already accepted buyout applications, it reports.

"Management's decision to exceed its announced goal of 100 newsroom job cuts comes after it turned down the buyout requests of three Guild-represented employees, hired numerous new employees over past six months and made no effort to retrain long-term employees," the union said in a memo, according to Capital New York.

"In the coming days and weeks, the Guild will examine all possible alternatives to the layoffs. The Guild also will study all information management used to target employees to make sure that the contract was followed. If any violations are found, the Guild will take all necessary steps to enforce the contract."

The memo indicated that the employees affected will receive severance packages and that most of those terminated will receive two weeks of notice pay, though employees hired before May 1, 1994 may be offered an additional 15 weeks of work or pay for the time.

The Times announced on Oct. 1 that it would need to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs as a cost-cutting measure. At the time, the newspaper said it hoped to achieve the cuts through buyouts but that layoffs could also be necessary.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet issued a memo to staff on Tuesday morning announcing the end of the buyout process and the start of layoffs.

"We are coming to the end of a painful period for the newsroom. Today is the final day for people to rescind their buyout applications. We did not make the number we needed to deal with our newsroom budget cuts. So we are turning to a limited number of layoffs," he wrote, according to Capital New York.

"This process will end this week. We will be saying farewell to close and valued colleagues, which is difficult for all of us."

This year's downsizing is the fourth major staff reduction by the newspaper since 2008. The latest round of cuts would bring the total editorial headcount down from 1,330 to less than 1,230.

The cutbacks have come amid a trend that saw a decline in print advertising sales, while gains in digital advertising and circulation haven't been enough to cover the shortfall, Capital New York reported. 

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The New York Times on Tuesday began the process of notifying newsroom staff of layoffs, which along with the buyout process, will exceed the 100 job cuts it had planned.
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