Sunday, November 08, 2015
Former BJ reporter Regina Medina among Philly casualities
Seniority doesn’t protect Guild officer
46 of the 436 Guild members at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News will be laid off Dec. 4, and seniority won’t protect older employees.
An earlier layoff under previous owner Brian Tierney sent more than 100 Guild members out the door.
The company can lay off up to 25% of the target group without regard for seniority, which puts a dozen higher-paid veterans at risk.
Just in time for Christmas. Ho, ho, ho.
Newspapers eliminated 3,800 jobs in 2014, and 32,900 during the 2008 and later Great Recession.
And with 2015 following suit, it’s closing in on the pre-recession peak of 55,000 in 2006.
In 2013 1,300 job went bye-bye and 2,600 in 2012. More than 10,000 jobs each year were eliminated in 2007 and 2008.
If you want to insert this into your item on the blog:
Former Beacon Journal business reporter Regina Medina (1994-95) was one of the 46 Guild members laid off in Philly, despite 16 years of seniority at the Daily News. Regina is an officer for the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, Local 38010 of the Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America (Local 10).
Information from Janet Moore, another former Beacon Journal business reporter, now at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, where she is the president of TNG-CWA Local 37002.
- Ken Krause, former BJ editor living in Medford, Massachussetts.
REGINA MEDINA had been a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News for 16 years and covered the Philadelphia school district. She previously covered crime, general news stories and celebrity news for the paper. She has also worked as a reporter at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Journal in Caracas, Venezuela. Regina is a former regional director for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and a lifelong member of the organization. Regina bikes, bakes and babbles on about pop culture on any given day.