THE DENVER POST Newsroom Guild representatives and management met Wednesday, Feb. 15, to continue collective bargaining talks.
We spent the entire session discussing what criteria could be used in the event of a layoff. We looked in more detail at the factors used by the San Jose Mercury News (mentioned in the Feb. 10 bargaining update, which also has some great comments). One major concern on the Guild side of the table is that any criteria used for layoffs needs to be as objective as possible.
We also discussed how any factors used for layoff criteria need to be mirrored in regular performance reviews. Both sides agreed that regular reviews, if done correctly, can give both managers and employees a more objective and honest understanding of the employee’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as expectations.
We then decided that, rather than getting into details about criteria for layoff, we should first focus on criteria for performance appraisals — and a system to implement them — that would be the foundation for any kind of layoff scenario.
Please be aware that the layoff criteria option we have been discussing is one of several options we will explore during bargaining. No one, on either side of the table, has signed off on anything yet.
Our next bargaining session will be Feb. 23.
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