In an All Saints Parish Bulletin article dated July 25, 2010 and titled "For Generations to Come," Deacon Dean Condon mentions the recent layoffs of Alene Goodman and Eleanor Black. He says, "A few weeks ago, I had to make one of the most difficult decisions that any responsible leader ever has to make. I had to do what was one necessary step to reduce expenses. While I prayed long and hard about what to do, after reviewing all the options, I did what has been done four times in the recent past; I laid off two dedicated employees. This was heart-wrenching to me and to those who have worked along side these people. Both were wonderful long-term employees who have done great work. I encourage you to pray for them and help them in any way possible during this difficult time."
While I appreciate the deacon's understanding of "difficult decisions that any responsible leader ever has to make" it would seem a bit strange to describe as responsible the manner in which the layoffs were actually carried out.
Deacon Dean describes the employees as "dedicated", "wonderful long-term employees who have done great work." Yet, he declines, in two Bulletin communications, to even name them. Decades of service to our parish, to the parishioners, and these two employees merit nothing further than a nameless mention with an exhortation to pray and help them? Most of us wouldn't even know how to get in touch with them outside of their work phones and email, which were made unavailable the day they were laid off.
No opportunity for parishioners to thank them. No good-bye parties, no career highlights, photos or trips down memory lane. Nothing. Literally. Nothing. Is that what the layoff of "dedicated", "wonderful long-term employees who have done great work" looks like?