The Bee Guild is reporting that somewhere between “single digits” and 13 non-Guild-covered employees were laid off yesterday, including two in the newsroom. One was a photo technician, the other was a librarian.
“The layoffs were part of a small company wide reduction primarily in areas where technology has created ‘efficiencies,’” Guild president Ed Fletcher said. “The news both saddens and distresses me. Like most newsroom and advertising employees, I hoped that the dark days were behind us.”
An anonymous commenter (don’t you love them) took issue with the Bee’s use of the word “efficiencies.” “Eliminating someone so multi-talented and so technically savvy is exactly the opposite of technology creating ‘efficiencies,’” the commenter said. “In this case the assumption of technology has created liabilities. We could do without such efficiencies.” Condolences to those affected yesterday.