1988 Wire Service Guild Memo



This is an memo sent down to the bureaus by the Wire Service Guild for posting on Jan. 14, 1988. It was titled: "The Body Count."

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"Christopher Smith, a UPI spokesman, said no significant layoffs were planned." -- The New York Times, November 20, 1987

We're not going to be trying to compete with The AP in reporting every little fact and figure anymore." -- Christopher Smith, UPI public relations agent, Washington Post, January 9, 1988

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UPI, which for months flatly denied that a single employee would be fired, has termined at least 104 employees since Nov. 1, when management instituted concessionary "work rules."

At least 14 bureaus have been closed -- 13 by layoffs and the 14th by a transfer.

Most of the fired employees had pass probation; some of them were 15-year and 20-year UPI veterans. About 30 were temporary employees and a few were part-timers. Two were office aides and several were technicians or chief telephoto engineers.

Listed below are the terminations the Guild is aware of to date.

To help the union challenge all improper layoffs, please call the Guild office with any additional layoffs you are aware of.

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ALBANY Elizabeth Shogren Peter Panych
ALBUQUERQUE (closed) Manual Franco
ATLANTA Nino Canu Rhonda Cook Caslista Laughter
BALTIMORE Quincey Johnson Paul Kirby
BIRMINGHAM Richard Powell
BISMARK (closed) Ellen Crawford
BOISE Sean Means
BOSTON Andra Varin Mike Phillips Aliza Marcus Greg Lang Daniel Miller Bob Gauthier
CHARLESTON John Tolarchyk
CHICAGO Nancy Bereckis Robert Siroky Sheila Rogers Robert Wysocki Jack Harenberg
COLUMBIA William Mould
CONCORD Tim Sandler Andrea Carlos
DALLAS Dana Dunchock Kenneth Currin Daniel Shomon Gary Walsleban Jim Walsleban
DENVER Wallace Mills Stephen Oliver William Bradley
DETROIT Sabah Fakhoury Peter Steinert
FRANKFORT (closed) Bruce Gardner
HARLINGEN Mack Sisk
HARTFORD Daniel Hatch Trisha Currier
HELENA (closed) Bill Hanson
HONOLULU Ward Smith
HUNTSVILLE (closed) Dana Beyerle
JACKSON Ray Mize
KANSAS CITY Amanda Mueller
LINCOLN Judy Meyer Curt McConnell
LITTLE ROCK Jeff Necessary Jeffrey Look
LOS ANGELES Carmina Vasquez
MIAMI Keith Donner Todd Essick
MILWAUKEE Joseph DiGiovanni Scott Blicharz
MINNEAPOLIS Joanne Byrne
MONTGOMERY Bruce Ritchie Richard Powell
MONTPELIER Cindy Roberts David Kalish
MORGANTOWN (closed) Patrick McMahon
NASHVILLE Daniel Conley
NEW ORLEANS Shelly Emling
NEW YORK Ellen Dzik Jon Simon Michael Sullivan Charles McCarthy Hans Meyer
OKLAHOMA CITY Jacqueline Scott Brenda Barnes Elizabeth Scott
OMAHA Kevin Tinnell
PHILADELPHIA Carole Fleck
PHOENIX Martin Jeong Marty Reinhart
PIERRE Laurie Seedfeldt
PITTSBURGH James Urban
PORTLAND, ME (closed) Mary Ellen Matava
PROVIDENCE William Lavelle
RALEIGH Francis Martin William Warnock
RENO (closed) Sandra Cherub
ROCKFORD, IL (closed) Kathy Ostrander
SALT LAKE CITY Paul Rolly Lance Gurwell Joseph Wiltshire Joyce Cutler
ST. LOUIS Michelle Rae Scott
SIOUX FALLS (closed) Jan Holmgren
TOPEKA Larry Howell
WASHINGTON, DC Christopher McKnight Kym Taylor Evan Roth Steven Heilbronner John Hartsock Jana Long Patricia Ortiz Wilbur Johnson
WEST PALM BEACH (closed) Laura Myers
WICHITA (closed) Dan Bearth
MISCELLANEOUS (Bureaus unknown) Mary Tabor Michelle Nicolosi Kimberly Patch Jonathan Willard

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AND THE LAYOFFS CONTINUE . . . PLEASE POST