Fredrick Kunkle, co-chair of the Newspaper Guild unit at the Post, wrote in a memo Monday, “The Washington Post has pushed out — or is trying to push out — at least thirteen people through layoffs, coerced buyouts or outright dismissal on dubious charges,”
“What’s more troubling is that more than half of those employees are African-Americans or Latinos,” Kunkle wrote.
The script goes like this: an employee is summoned to a meeting where she hears that ‘the bar has been raised.’ She is told her work does not meet this supposed new standard. She is handed an envelope with a buyout offer and given a deadline to surrender her job or face disciplinary action because of her allegedly poor performance. She is reminded that disciplinary action progresses from warnings to suspensions and termination.