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Gannett announces furloughs

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BurnsWhenIPee, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    One week EVERY month of April, May and June, for those making $38K or more per year.

    If there is a bright side, I guess it's that there aren't a whole lot left making more than that. But damn, that's a 25 percent pay cut for a three-month period. Here's some vacation, not that you can afford to do anything with it.
  2. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Well, you'll know who's making the big bucks when they disappear for a week. I doubt anyone other than the publisher makes that much in my building.
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    That kind of bread at this point is senior people and managers - managers will probably appreciate it considering how many hours over 40 they tend to work since they're salaried and not eligible for OT.
  4. cake in the rain

    cake in the rain Active Member

    I guess I'm out of touch, because I wouldn't have guessed there's a single reporter in my publication making *below* $38,000. Maybe one or two fresh out of college. But maybe I'm wrong.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Congratulations to Gannett for finding a new excuse to do something it’s already been doing off and on for years.
  6. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    What coffeeman said.
    Sinful, but what can you expect.
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  7. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    At my local Gannett shop, which used to be mid-sized but is now definitely small-sized, I'm told half the newsroom (including managers) are over $38K. At the metros and bigger shops, I'd expect most to be over that threshold.
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  8. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member


    Another company, in the last week, cut its full-time employees to 30 hours a week and cut the pay of salaried employees 25 percent. And, unlike Gannett, they actually claim to care about the product and its employees. Guess not ...
  9. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    Holy shit, I'd rather have the furloughs than that, Sam. At least with furloughs, (often) you can get some unemployment relief after the waiting period, and I'm guessing the cut to 30 hours a week has some insurance/benefits impacts, too.
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  10. sgreenwell

    sgreenwell Well-Known Member

    I worked in journalism for about a dozen years - finally got out this year - and I never hit that threshold except for one year at Patch.com. If you graduated after 2000, there's a pretty strong chance you bounced from paper to paper and never got $38k.
  11. BrownScribe

    BrownScribe Member

    Heck, I am not even sure I made 30,000 a year in my seven years.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    $38K was the maximum I made at the Gannett paper that I was laid off from more than 10 years ago. Which sounds like a lot, but I live in an expensive part of the country, and, every year that I would get a raise of 1 to 3 percent, a few months later, I would get the inevitable announcement that my health insurance deductions would go up, "coincidentally" the same amount of my "raise."

    With those health insurance increases, I barely got anything resembling a "raise", even though the gross amount went up by about $170 over nearly a decade there.
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