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Buyouts! Git yer buyouts!

According to an internal email obtained by DQM, Globe management will be discussing the current round of newsroom cutbacks with employees this week:

There will be a series of meetings to discuss the buyout and staff reductions.  Marty Baron, Mary Jane Wilkinson and Caleb Solomon will be there to answer questions.  The following is the schedule for the meetings, which will be held in the Winship Room:

Wednesday,  February 4  ---  2:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 5  --- 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10  ---  2 p.m.
Friday, February 13  ---  11 a.m.

Separately, there will be a conference call with the Washington bureau, with the date and time to be announced shortly.

Baron, Wilkinson and Solomon have an exceedingly tough mission here. Unless you're retirement age, or simply want to leave journalism, this is an abysmal time to give up a newspaper job. But if an insufficient number of people apply for buyouts, the paper will have to fall back on layoffs to meet its stated goal of 50 position cuts--which could make the already-grim mood at Morrissey Boulevard even worse.

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