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End of the 40 hour work week

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Drip, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    As if job cutbacks weren't bad enough, here comes another bright idea to save money.
  2. FuturaBold

    FuturaBold Member

    it will definitely save money, but at what expense as far as the product is concerned? And how many employees will bail since in effect their pay (which is probably not the greatest already) is getting cut?
  3. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    This is already happening at a paper in Idaho.
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Owned by the same company, IIRC.
  5. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    Is this just an excuse to skip out on benefits by calling employees part-timers?
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    No, because I think they have to offer them to employees over 29 hours....
  7. Unfortunately it's not going to be the end of the 40-hour work week. It's just going to be the end of the paid 40-hour work week.
  8. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Cutting paychecks back from a 40-hr basis to a 37.5-hr basis is simple.

    Scheduling people for five 7.5-hr shifts is easy enough.

    Getting your work done in 2 1/2 fewer hours can be awfully difficult -- especially if you were already working 45 or 50 hours -- and even in a perfect world, it's doubtful that the paper will seriously accept a 6.25 percent reduction in productivity, copy produced or handled, etc.

    This just means donating more hours to the job than folks previously were donating.
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Or using that time to find other employment.
  10. IGotQuestions

    IGotQuestions Member

    If they're having to take a 2.5-hour pay cut per week, well, that sucks. But many places pay 37.5 as full-time - it's nothing new.
  11. So what paper in Idaho is doing this? Lewiston?
  12. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I can't remember the last time I worked as little as 40 hours a week.
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