Thursday, May 24, 2007

No one will get pushed out the door at SF Chronicle

Buyouts are layoffs with money thrown in to make the exit out the door a little less painful. Where the staff is represented by the Guild, both are subject to negotiations with the union to ensure the reduction in force is carried out fairly if layoff alternatives can't be achieved.

Following a lengthy negotiating session yesterday at the San Francisco Chronicle over the terms of buyouts there, union negotiators obtained assurances that no one will be coerced or forced into accepting a buyout.

But at The Los Angeles Times, a respected long-term columnist without union representation is being forced out the door.

Where's the fairness there?

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