Ed Padgett, the founder and chief contributor to the blog The Los Angeles Times Pressmen’s 20 Year Club, got canned last week. No reason has been given, but it’s worth noting that Padgett’s blogging has long been a thorn in the sides of LA Times execs. A union activist, Padget frequently rallied for employee rights and openly discussed the inner workings of the LA Times Operations department on his website.

Padgett announced the termination today on his blog:

After working thirty-nine years, four months, and nine days for the Los Angeles Times I was informed over the phone by human resources that I was terminated on Monday December 12th, 2011. I had no clue I was under investigation, so it came as a shock to learn I was being investigated by human resources and terminated upon the completion of the so-called investigation.

Iā€™m not at liberty to share why I was terminated or what my actions in response will be at this time; so stay tuned as this unfolds.

Whatever the reason, the LA Times has just lost yet another dedicated and hardworking employee who cared deeply about the future of journalism. A damn shame.