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Las Vegas Sun hires Mike Smith as contract employee

Mike Smith tells me that he’s been rehired as a contract employee at the Las Vegas Sun. Last week he was one of 12 individuals let go from the paper in a cost reduction effort. He’s been their editorial cartoonist since 1983.

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#1 Derrick Wood
September/26/2011
@ 2:20 am

Well, that turned around quickly! Good for Mike. Hope it’s better than before

#2 Tom Heintjes
September/26/2011
@ 6:41 am

So he gets to do the same work for no benefits and (probably) less money. Nice.

#3 Dave Stephens
September/26/2011
@ 1:39 pm

FULL CONTACT CARTOONING!! GrrraaAAAarrRR!!

Sounds decadent.

LOL!

Perhaps you meant “contract” not “contact”? Fix the typo in the title, please… Thanks!

#4 Milt Priggee
September/26/2011
@ 4:10 pm

Now… after or before producing a cartoon for the LV Sun, Mike has to go out and find an additional source of income so he can subsidize his old employer….all while giving their readers the impression that everything is hunky-dory.
Not only will he be probably be making less money….he’ll also be having to spend more $$$ for his own health insurance.

#5 Derrick Wood
September/27/2011
@ 11:06 am

Yeah, I was sort of thinking the same thing when I wrote my comment. But hopefully he got a company car and a fat raise instead. Also a personal assistant.

And a jet.

and…

#6 Chuck Legge
September/27/2011
@ 1:26 pm

An award winning cartoonist has to wheel and deal to become a stringer for the same paper he used to work for. Same job, less pay, and no benefits. It seems like being an editorial cartoonist is a little like having a window seat on the Hindenburg.

#7 Marshall Ramsey
September/28/2011
@ 8:27 am

I wish Mike luck. I went down the road Mike’s on a year ago. It has tripled my workload and been stressful as hell. But it has also been a blessing. I’m trying new things and discovering talents I didn’t have know I had. And I’m doing fine financially.

I still think the Sun made a bad business decision. But if Mike plays this right, they’ll be the only ones to suffer in the long run.

#8 Milt Priggee
September/28/2011
@ 3:58 pm

Bad Sun decision….????

Let’s see…. same national cartoons by the same cartoonist at less cost in addition no longer having to worry about his local provocative cartoons upsetting any of our buddies.

This stated without any inside knowledge of Mike’s situation or work agreement.

#9 vic harville
September/29/2011
@ 6:04 am

GREAT! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…

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October/1/2011
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