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Gannett denies second-quarter furlough news


Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: March 16, 2009 • Update


TUESDAY UPDATE: Gannett today refuted a report posted here Monday that said the company's Community Papers division would enact one-week furloughs in the second quarter for employees making more than $90,000 annually.

According to a memo from Bob Dickey posted on the Gannett Blog and a message sent to Poynter's Jim Romenesko, the company will not have furloughs in the second quarter.

This news comes the afternoon after Monday's report was posted when a senior vice president with Gannett told Gannettoid.com the company had decided on the limited furloughs.

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Gannett informed newspaper executives throughout the U.S. Community Papers division today it will enact limited furloughs in the second quarter.

All division employees making more than $90,000 annually will be required to take at least one furlough week during the second quarter. Employees making less will be exempt from furloughs.

Almost all division employees have been required to take a furlough week during the first quarter. In 2009, all employees were required to take one furlough week in each of the first two quarters and most employees making at least $90,000 were required to take two weeks.

When Gannett announced 2010 furloughs in December, division president Bob Dickey and company spokeswoman Robin Pence said no second-quarter decisions had been made, but did not rule any out.


FROM DECEMBER: MEMO | FURLOUGH HELP


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