The Los Angeles Times print version is continuing its spin into the black hole of becoming a memory as the digital version gains momentum for the delivery of news. As circulation continues to leak away, no one seems to have the answer to ebb this flow, which is possibly the reason four managers in the Circulation Department worked their last shifts on January 31st, 2013, with severance packages.
Employees working in the Operations Department are on edge as they have been told by management that all units are being evaluated, units are the employees, for their value to the company. Call in sick too often, decrease your value; have a kidney transplant, decrease your value; acquire Lupus, decrease your value.
Pressmen and women earn almost $35.00 per hour, a press operator almost $40.00 per hour, and all employees with over twenty-five years of service earn five weeks of vacation. Last month three pressmen and women were let go for various reasons, all journey-persons. One press operator was demoted from $40.00 per hour to $35.00 per hour, but is still employed.
How many additional journeymen and journey-women will be replaced by $15.00 per hour employees this year, as the newspaper attempts to stay afloat?