Employees who produce content for the newspaper should not be laid off to pay for a new, high-priced executive, Guild leaders said in a letter to Publisher George Hearst.
Last week, Hearst cited budget woes in announcing his decision to lay off Editorial Cartoonist John de Rosier and Photographer Phil Kamrass. Both men dedicated 13 years of their lives to the newspaper and have young children.
Less than a week later, the company announced it is hiring a new senior vice president of advertising and marketing, immediately wiping out the savings from the layoffs.
In the wake of that announcement, Guild leaders called on Hearst to rescind the layoffs.
“The readers of the Times Union are ill-served by continued gutting of the people who produce the news and photography that makes people buy our NEWSpaper,” the Guild leaders wrote “Given this new hire, and how it contradicts your statements of just last week about the newspaper’s fiscal condition, we call on you to rescind the layoff notice given to our members last week.They should not lose their jobs to fund yet another top executive.”