As the Los Angeles Times seeks methods of reducing costs and generating income the services of the pressroom cleaners will no longer be employed. The minimum wage workers performed the dirtiest of jobs in the pressroom, by removing the floor pans that excessive ink falls into below the roller train, and scraping the excess ink into buckets.
According to Russ Newton, Senior vice-president of production:
"As a courtesy, I want to inform you that the Los Angeles Times continues to look for ways to cut costs and to otherwise operate in an efficient manner. As such,LAT will no longer use the services of an outside contractor to do some of its pressroom cleaning. It is our plan to reassign these tasks to current pressmen and others. If you have any questions, please let me know".