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Update: Gordon tells us that buyouts or voluntary layoffs will not happen in the newsroom after all. More after the jump.
Last week, six employees in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ad department were laid off. Daily RFT heard from multiple sources that buyouts for the editorial staff are likely to be offered in the coming days or weeks.
However, P-D spokeswoman Tracy Rouch released this statement which at most contradicts those rumors or at least tiptoes around them: "St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a work force reduction on Thursday, March 26 of six positions from Advertising and Information Technology. We are not offering buyouts to any Post-Dispatch employee at this time."
Jeff Gordon, president of the United Media Guild and a long-time sportswriter for the paper, says while that statement is technically true, conversations have begun around the newsroom.
"Whether the company decides to do it or not, we don't know," he says. "I think the discussion is real, but we don't know the outcome."More »