Pennsylvania daily lays off six
The Erie (Pennsylvania) Times-News laid of six copy editors and moved the jobs to the Gatehouse Media Center for News & Design in Austin, reported youerie.com
New Media Investment Group, parent company of Gatehouse Media, acquired the Times-News and goerie.com in December, 2015.
“The union negotiated severance payments for everyone whose positions were outsourced and stayed through their outsourcing date,” said Kevin Flowers, reporter for the Times-News and union worker representative of the paper.
More layoffs could be coming in August, according to youerie.com.
Employees accept buyouts at NYT
The July 15 deadline to apply for a buyout at the New York Times has come and gone and some 50 employees have reportedly accepted an offer.
A total of 54 News Guild of New York members applied, all but one from the newsroom
Of the 53 newsroom employees applying, the company rejected one and two applicants revoked their request. Some will leave in July, the Guild said, but most will depart between August and the end of the year.
These are not layoffs, they are voluntary buyouts, a New York Times spokesperson Beyond that clarification, which is important, we’re not commenting.
The paper announced in May that it offered voluntary buyout packages as part of a, larger mandate to build a more digitally focused newsroom.
Trib Total Media offers buyout packages
Trib Total Media in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offered buyout packages to 400 of its 585 full-time employees. The paper is anticipating some 100 employees will accept the offer, said a news release from the company.
“As the habits of our readers continue to change, it is imperative that we adjust our expenses in line with the changes to our revenue,” said Jennifer Bertetto, president and CEO of Trib Total Media. “In order to accomplish this, we are offering select full-time employees the opportunity to retire from Trib Total Media with enhanced retirement provisions.”
The move is the latest phase in a plan announced by the company’s board of directors last year. In October, 2015 Trib Total Media sold eight of its 77 Western Pennsylvania titles to West Penn Media LLC.
And in April of this year, Mid Mon Valley Publishing Co. picked up The Valley Independent in Monessen.
Further, the company laid off some 153 staffers in November, 2015.