Striking writers hurt the little guy

In a strike-related move, Warner Bros. has chopped almost three dozen positions from its facilities work force.

The studio notified about 1,000 workers of Warner Bros. Studios Facilities in November that their jobs could be eliminated because of the impact of the WGA strike on operations.

The 60-day notice to employees was required under federal guidelines in situations involving mass layoffs, but it appears lot employees for now have dodged any more sizable number of job cuts.

"There was a great deal of misinformation reported regarding the potential number of layoffs that might be implemented this week," Warners said in a statement Wednesday. "We have worked very hard to come up with solutions -- such as implementing reduced work schedules -- to minimize layoffs. Because of these measures, fewer than three dozen positions were affected this week.

"We will continue to explore alternatives to layoffs, including redeployment to other areas of our businesses," the studio added. "We are very sorry for the impact this has on our nonstriking work force."

A Warners spokeswoman said she couldn't elaborate on the statement.


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