Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Going to press with the reporters you have
THE AXE FELL again at the Plain Dealer this week. Hardly surprising since it had been anticipated for many days. Of the 27 Guildsmen sent out the door with "layoffs" (added to some 23 buyouts earlier) at least one is a veteran who once worked at the Beacon Journal: Terry Oblander. Here's how it was explained to me: On Monday all were told to sit by their phones at home from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. If you received a call from the paper, you made the cut and was expected to return to work. If the phone remained silent during that period, you were history. The losers are to receive two weeks pay plus a week's pay for each six months on the job, up to one year. But why do companies call these cuts "layoffs" when there will be no effort to restore the jobs. Not these days. Or ever.