Richard Carrillo is yet another long term employee of the Los Angeles Times, which will become another former employee before long. Richard, whom is called Ricky by his colleagues in the pressroom, spent seven years pushing the large rolls of newsprint before transferring into the pressroom in 1990.
Ricky is a very quiet man that always keeps a positive sense of life, and is an ideal employee that never questions any task is he requested to perform in the pressroom. I worked with Ricky yesterday, and even though he’s about to be displaced, he was quick with a smile.
Ironically Ricky was given his gold watch for twenty-five years of service with the Los Angeles Times, and his layoff notice on the same day!
Last week Ricky sent an email to me that was rather disturbing, but not much of a shocker when dealing with the anti-union Tribune Boss’ within the Operations Department.
Here’s his message:
"I am looking for a job description to help me put together my
resume. When I asked Dan Lippiatt for a copy, his
response was "you have to the Union for a job description."
Is there a copy somewhere that I can get a copy of?"
Seems some pressroom supervisors have a moral compass that has lost it’s direction, when a man that is losing his livelihood asks for assistance, the right thing to do is offer to help him. Not rub salt into his wound.
Needless to say Nubia and I wrote a job description for Ricky, and if anyone else needs any assistance please feel free to ask, because we will not say no to you, union member or not.