Monday, December 14, 2009

NYT | Guild says arbiter upholds seniority rights

"Under the ruling," the Newspaper Guild of New York says in a statement today, New York Times newsroom employees "laid off in inverse order of seniority will receive three weeks per year of severance pay, instead of two weeks, the same rate as employees who are involuntarily laid off out of order, and will have to sign a release, as they currently do. Employees with the least amount of seniority are generally most vulnerable to layoffs, but management can pass over more senior employees if it determines that a less senior employee’s qualifications are 'superior.'"

Monday's ruling comes a day before management is expected to lay off about two dozen editorial workers, the Guild notes, as part of a broader cut of 100 newsroom jobs.

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