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More cuts in Raleigh

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by lone star scribe, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Word out of Raleigh's News & Observer, a McClatchy paper, is that they will cut 20 positions, with 5 or 6 coming in the newsroom. Also, a mandatory furlough week for all remaining employees.

    They're offering buyouts first, and management says they are expecting volunteers to step forward. But layoffs would follow if they don't get enough in the various work groups.

    Here's the text of the publisher's letter. Sorry, no link:

    MEMO TO: Co-Workers

    FROM: Orage Quarles III

    DATE: January 18, 2011

    SUBJECT: Staffing Reductions and Furloughs

    Today we are announcing a staff reduction plan that will affect approximately 20 employees across The News & Observer. These reductions affect most areas of our operation. Some positions will be eliminated through layoffs, and some departments will have opportunities for employees in certain work groups of two or more to accept a voluntary severance package. If enough employees do not take the voluntary option, work groups will be reduced according to least tenure.

    Although the overall economy is showing faint signs of improvement, our revenue numbers for December came in well below our expectations. And revenues continue to be down. As a result, we had to look for additional expense reductions.

    The employees who are affected are being told today and given information about a transition package. We appreciate all that these co-workers and friends have done for The N&O, and we will make their transition as smooth as possible.

    In addition to the staffing reductions, we are requiring most employees to take a one-week furlough between January 24 and April 18. Details about furlough logistics and procedures are being distributed to affected employees today.

    We continue to make our way through difficult times by making difficult decisions. It is never easy to say goodbye to our friends and colleagues, but we must make these additional cuts to sustain our company and adjust to economic realities.

    Please contact Human Resources if you have questions about the severance program or furlough. Thank you.
  2. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    January. Damn.
  3. accguy

    accguy Member

    I know a bunch of people there. I'm pulling for them.
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