HRC lays off 13 staffers

Cites ‘economic conditions’ as reason for cuts
By CHRIS JOHNSON, Washington Blade | May 7 2009, 12:49 PM

The Human Rights Campaign announced Thursday the layoffs of 13 employees, a cut that reduces its workforce by about 9 percent.

HRC President Joe Solmonese attributed the layoffs to a challenging economic climate.

"The Human Rights Campaign, like so many other non-profits in this economy, has had to adjust its budget to comport with economic conditions," he said in a statement to the Blade. "We have undertaken a number of steps to achieve savings in all areas of the organization, however we cannot avoid reducing personnel costs."

Solmonese said the cuts came from staff involved with operations, development and communications. He noted that, "it is our hope that no further reduction will be necessary."

Brad Luna, an HRC spokesperson, said 11 of the 13 who lost their jobs were unionized employees and one of the employees held a management position. Luna declined to identify which management position was cut, citing confidentiality.

Following the layoffs, HRC has 134 full-time employees and one part-time employee, Luna said.

Stacey Mink, a union spokesperson, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Solmonese had earlier told the Blade that contributions to HRC slowed during the last quarter of 2008. He has since taken a voluntary pay cut of 10 percent.

Luna said the layoffs wouldn't compromise HRC's ability to complete its mission.

Yet this is still happening,,

HRC Houston Gala 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Houston, TX

Just how much is this Gala costing HRC. MMMM very interesting..

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