The Times Starts Layoffs; Buyouts Fall Short of Goal

By Somaiya, Ravi | International New York Times, December 18, 2014 | Go to article overview

The Times Starts Layoffs; Buyouts Fall Short of Goal


Somaiya, Ravi, International New York Times


The newspaper and its primary union said 21 union-represented employees would be let go by the end of the week.

The New York Times is laying off at least 21 members of its newsroom staff because it did not receive enough voluntary buyouts to cover budget cuts, according to the newspaper and its primary journalists' union.

Buyout applications were accepted from nearly 30 nonunion employees and from 57 members of the union, the Newspaper Guild, its New York chapter said in an email. The Times "told the guild on Monday that it would lay off an additional 21 guild-represented employees this week," the union said.

"The company clearly will exceed its stated goal of 100 job cuts," the union said Tuesday.

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The Times, said in a message to the staff on Tuesday that the latest round of reductions would end this week. "We are coming to the end of a painful period for the newsroom," he said. "We will be saying farewell to close and valued colleagues, which is difficult for all of us."

Reductions at The Times began earlier this month and will shrink the newsroom from about 1,330 employees. …

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