Well, this majorly sucks. I can’t believe it is getting as bad as it is getting with no let-up in sight.
In a memo distributed today to all non-unionized employees at The Gannet Co., The Enquirerâ€™s parent firm, a top executive announced that workers must take a five-day unpaid furlough from their jobs before the end of March.
â€œLike others, Gannett has had to make some very difficult decisions over the past year,â€ stated the memo, written by Robert J. Dickey, Gannettâ€™s U.S. Community Publishing president. â€œHaving to reduce staff, reformat newspapers and end delivery to some customers has had a deep impact on our company and all of us. We have consulted with many of you on how to minimize the impact on our readers and customers.â€
The memo continued, â€œAs a result of your feedback, and in an effort to minimize the need for more layoffs, I have decided to take another approach as we enter 2009. To that end, every non-represented employee in the USCP division will be furloughed for five business days during this quarter. That includes me, your publisher, everyone. Unions will be asked to accept furloughs in lieu of layoffs. We all will be sharing the financial hardship.â€