…Salon has spoken to former staffers who are disturbed by how the left-wing publication, which reported on labor and social justice issues, spontaneously laid off staff amid a strike which staffers said they hoped would have been short-lived once their modest demands were met. Among the demands were annual performance reviews, scheduled pay increases, four month’s paid parental leave, and compensation for the company’s health insurance plan. The National Labor Relations Board protects the right of workers to strike; employers are prohibited from firing employees for exercising this right. The employees weren’t offered severance packages.
“My guess would be that it was what was planned anyway, just maybe put off a little while ago,” Kasia Anderson, who most recently served as its executive editor, told Salon. “I feel as though maybe it appeared to [publisher] Zuade [Kaufman] that she was not going to have us come to her way of seeing things that [editor-in-chief] Robert [Scheer] needed to go. . . and it wasn’t just that, but Bob in our view was the only thing standing between us and unfair treatment.”…