New Jersey’s largest newspaper, the Star-Ledger, has announced that it will wipe out 25% of its newsroom staff with the elimination of 167 jobs, 40 of which are newsroom jobs that make up 25% of that staff. Of the Star–Ledger‘s current staff of 750, the only staffers being spared are among those who are unionized. Apparently existing labor contracts protected every single union member from the axe.
In 2012, the Star-Ledger endorsed Barack Obama over his Republican rival Mitt Romney for re-election as president. The editorial board based its endorsement in part on Obama’s handling of the economy.
New Jersey.com reports that at the Star-Ledger “whole offices now stand vacant, attesting to tremendous loss of personnel through buyouts and earlier layoffs[.]”
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