Answers to several big questions remain unknown, the union said. The lack of information is apparently not exclusive to the Morning News. Why is this?
The prevailing sentiment in both newsrooms is that Corporate has kept tight controls of the decision-making in this round of job cuts. Only the highest levels of newsroom managers are included. Top Journal managers were in Dallas for meetings Friday, to cite an example.
The most interesting details in the Providence Q&A were two possible scenarios for the layoffs at the Journal:
Method A: Start with the least senior people and work up. This would hit part-timers first. Advantage for the company: there would be no bumping, because only the least senior people are laid off. Disadvantage to the company: the company could lose people in jobs they don’t want to cut.Dallas employees should keep in mind that because the Morning News is not a guild newspaper and Texas is a “right to work” state. Therefore Corporate could use different methods for cutting jobs. We are not reporting that this is how layoffs will transpire at the Morning News.
Method B: Identify the jobs the company considers to be over staffed. The least senior person in the eliminated job could bump to a position they are competent to perform. The bumped employee could also bump to another position. Advantage to the company: Cuts can be targeted to specific classifications. Disadvantage to company: Bumping can be extremely disruptive and there would likely be disputes over pay rates for bumping employees and how to determine competence.