The Writers Guild of America East, the union that in January hammered out a new three-year contract with the company, said in a statement that 39 of its members were axed:
The Huffington Post’s parent, AOL, is absorbing Yahoo following its $4.5 billion acquisition by Verizon.
The news at Huffington Post comes as Editor-in- Chief Lydia Polgreen — a rising star on the digital news side at the New York Times before she jumped ship to succeed founder Arianna Huffington last November — is placing her stamp on the division.
She hired Jim Rich — briefly an editor-in-chief of the Daily News — to be her executive editor.
Verizon said it expected to lay off about 15 percent of the workforce — 2,100 people — as part of the Yahoo merger with AOL.