I’ve received numerous calls, tweets and questions about today’s layoffs at the Ledger. At this time, the paper has not reported the news. I’ve heard some names and a few details, but without official confirmation anything I post would be hearsay.
That said, I respect the work and the people who were given the news today. Most were informed that their positions would be terminated. While a businessperson might say there is no good time to lay off an employee, I believe a week before Thanksgiving is horrible timing. I can’t imagine how an extra 10 days would have caused irreparable harm to the Ledger.
The Ledger will continue to print after these layoffs. The staff remaining will work hard to pull the extra load. But the residents and readers of Lakeland will miss the talents of those who are leaving. I wish them a quick return to the field or a quick entry into another career.
Update (Friday): The Ledger moved the article. Too typical behavior.