NYT Editor Keller: We’ll Have To Resort To Layoffs

The window for NYT staffers to accept a voluntary buyout will close on Monday and editor Bill Keller (pictured, left) said he doesn’t expect the number will be high enough to prevent layoffs. In a memo (via Politico), Keller reminded staffers that the NYT had set a target of 100 newsroom buyouts. At the end of September, the paper secured a key agreement with its largest union on the buyout arrangement, which was presented to staffers about a month later.

The union will be told next week which Newspaper Guild staffers will be cut; those employees who are being laid off, both union and non-union, will all be told the following week. Keller didn’t say how many jobs would be lost. The NYP’s Keith Kelly, citing unidentified sources, said it looked like 50 union members had accepted buyouts so far. In Feb. ’08, the NYT also cut 100 editorial related jobs, which represented 7.5 percent of the newsroom