"Our aim, to swat liars and leeches, hypocrites & humbugs, demagogs & dastards"
-- The Yellow Jacket
Moravian Falls, N.C., 1919
Gannett is trying to avoid layoffs by asking everybody to take a week off (without pay, of course) sometime between now and the end of March. This affects staff at The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV here in Phoenix, the Tucson Citizen, the Great Falls Tribune, USA Today and all the other properties purchased over the years by Al Neuhearth and his sucessors. (No word yet on whether the higher ups will also have to take an unpaid week off, as a gesture of fairness. Somehow, I doubt it.)For the sake of the guys at the bottom, I hope this works -- but I doubt that too.
Gannett just put the Tucson Citizen up for sale, with a drop-dead date of March 21: http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/090116/20090116005819.html?.v=1
I was curious how this would work and looked up an article on it on Editor/Publisher. It quoted a memo from the head of the company's newspaper division, who said everyone, including himself, who wasn't represented by a union, would have to take off 5 days. He said unions also would be asked to accept the furlough in lieu of layoffs.
The guys at the bottom will always get the worst of it. Look at the 3 Gazette layoffs over the past year. No managers, just lower-paid hourly employees. How long can they get away without letting a highly paid manager go?
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