The New York Times reported earlier this week that 20 to 40 Wall Street Journal employees have been let go in recent weeks and “the layoffs have not been announced to the newsroom staff.” They were not announced to the newsroom union, either.
“Quite frankly,” says a union memo, “if 40 people at The Journal lost their jobs last week, we don’t know who they are.”
From: Your Union: IAPE 1096
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:09 AM
Subject: On Layoffs And Holiday Pay
Many of you have contacted the IAPE office and asked about recent media reports describing layoffs at The Wall Street Journal.
Quite frankly, if 40 people at The Journal lost their jobs last week, we don’t know who they are. The Company is required to provide the Union with notices of any layoffs affecting IAPE-represented employees. We did receive notification of four new layoffs last Friday – three from Sales, one from News – to go along with Technology department cuts from earlier in the year.
Our layoff list is posted on the Union website.
If those media reports are accurate, we can only speculate that they represent the elimination of management and other non-Union positions, or open jobs that had been posted as vacancies.