due to a necessary restructuring of the organization. I have not yet read any explanation of how the decisions were reached to lay off quite a few people; I do believe that it was due largely to budget constraints and that there was a process for making these decisions, but as a minister who has to explain these things to congregants, I'd like to know how the cuts were made and why so many longterm employees, both higher and lower level, were let go.
Our president, Peter Morales, announced the restructuring and a UUWorld article details some of the staff changes, but there's not a lot of information about how and why, other than a reference to budget matters. Is it due to a new administration's coming into the UUA? If so, are these political layoffs as well?
I don't suspect anyone of anything underhanded or clandestine, but I do wonder what the process was. Did the employees know this was coming? Did they have any recourse? During economic hard times, what are their options? Are they now out in the cold, figuratively speaking?
In other words, are we walking our talk, as a democratically governed association? Inquiring minds, etc.