Friday, March 07, 2008
Thirty-one Pressmen Axed at Los Angeles Times
Over the next few weeks the exact number of pressroom employees leaving the Los Angeles Times Orange County and Olympic Production Facilities will be clarified. According to the Negotiating Committee the Times will be shedding thirty-one pressroom employees, with six leaving the Olympic Facility, and twenty-five axed at the Times Orange County Facility.
Four of the employees from the Orange County Plant are utility workers in the pressroom, with the last of the Chandler Family (Phillip Chandler) among them.
The twenty-seven pressperson positions eliminated represents a ten percent cut in staffing at the two Times Plants, with the Orange County plant taking the largest hit. The employees receiving pink slips have the lowest seniority, based on pressroom seniority, not company seniority.
The atmosphere in the Times Olympic Pressroom is a somber one, with employees attempting to comfort one another.