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Belo's 500 "RIF"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SockPuppet, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    The good news: You've still got a job.
    The bad news: You have to pay for parking and (partially pay) for wireless.

  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    So let me get this straight, they're forcing writers to PAY for fucking internet service in order to do their jobs?

    Somebody kick this asshole's teeth in.
  3. Go easy on Bobbi. This plan just earned him another bonus.
  4. derwood

    derwood Active Member

    They paid Bain millions to come up with this crap. Brilliant!
  5. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    laying off 500 more people and charging those left with jobs $40 a month to park in the dmn parking lot and for wireless connections? freakin unbelievable, even for belo. loks like that weekly thing may be closer to reality than we thought.
  6. They could make more money by renting laptops and PCs to writers and copy editors.
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Just turn everyone's desk into an executive office where you pay a few hundred a month for a desk and a phone.
  8. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Next round of Belo cost-cutting initiatives:

    Charge reporters/editors for:

    Electricity: $5 for every hour in the office.
    Water: $2.50 for each visit to water fountain, $5 for each toilet flush.
    Personal hygene: $.05 for each panel of toilet paper.
    Computer/interment usage/upkeep: $25 for each hour of work; $2.50 for each e-mail.
    Telephones/communication: $1 for each minute of office phone usage.
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Did I misread? The $35 is a payment TO the employees for wireless. So yeah, I guess they're still paying some, but who knows how much the charge is?

  10. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    guilty bystander?
  11. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    and just so nobody overlooks or forgets this little bit of info: Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and chief executive of A. H. Belo, recently received a raise of 140 percent.
  12. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    So they're laying people off and this asshole is making almost 2.5 times what he was before? I would love to see anyone defend that.
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