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People‘s LA Bureau Working Too Hard On The Web Site

peoplecover_205x273.jpgThe Newspaper Guild of New York accused People of overworking its editorial staffers in its LA bureau, saying that owner Time Inc. is violating an agreement about how and when staffers will work on a publication’s accompanying web site.

Time Inc.’s 2007 agreement with guild-covered staffers at Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Money, and People states that Guild employees may not be required to work for the companion web site.

Time Inc. admitted no wrongdoing.

Witnesses testified in arbitration last week and briefs are due in two weeks, MediaWeek reports.

“Nobody in L.A. doesn’t want to do the work,” guild rep Bob Townsend told MediaWeek. “But they’re working outrageous hours. They’re working their tails off, and they don’t get any compensation for it.”

Our take: Guys, you’re conflating the issues. Overworked staff deserve a break. Staffers complaining that they’re working on a Web site when they’re supposed to be working on print? In 2009? To coin a phrase, people may find it hard to feel sympathetic with the people of People.

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Time Inc. Will Announce Layoffs Next Week, $100 Million Savings? This Could Be Big

Time Inc. is going to announce cost-cutting measures next week to save $100 million, including more layoffs, the New York Times reports.

Since 2004, the company has reduced expenses by $800 million, including laying off 6 percent of its workforce—600 people—a year ago. But the company reports earnings next Wednesday and needs to make the shareholders happy.

A “number” of Time Inc. employees are union-covered, which will give them severance in the event of a layoff, Bob Townsend, local representative for the guild, told the Times. Townsend also told the Times that the guild was usually notified in advance of layoffs, and he hasn’t heard anything yet.

Fun fact: The last round of layoffs saved about $150 million, so we can extrapolate that to save $100 million, another 400 Time Inc. staffers will lose their jobs. The NYP’s Keith Kelly‘s got sources saying it’ll be closer to 540, though.

Other fun fact: The last round of layoffs cost Time Inc. $100 million in restructuring charges. Yes, yes, the money comes out of different buckets, but couldn’t you guys have just not laid off 600 people last year and then you’d have your hundred mil?