An operations plant worker and a company truck driver committed suicide just recently after being laid off from the LA Times staff. The big layoff happened just before the Christmas holiday.
Recently fired blogging pressman Ed Padgett had some interest commentary regarding the layoffs:
“Those folks each got $20,000 in severance,” claims Padgett about the suicides.
Padgett also comments on how he and others were accused of planning a sabotage at LA Times:
“Two of the fellows were let go two weeks early because they were worried about sabotage. They’re so paranoid, because it’s not just my department — it includes editorial.”
Reportedly, the layoffs came just before the company decided to give huge bonuses to management at the organization.