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Sources: Gannett plans to end wage freeze


Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Jan. 12, 2010 • Morning report


Gannett is expected to keep its promise by lifting a wage freeze one year after its implementation, multiple sources have told Gannettoid.com.

The company announced in March 2009 the freeze would last from April 1 until March 31 for all U.S. Community Publishing employees. The move is in line with what division president Bob Dickey promised when making the announcement, but employees have wondered if a still-lagging economy would extend the freeze.

McClatchy, which began its own wage freeze in September 2008, announced last month the cutback would end at different times for employees of its 30 daily newspapers at different times, depending on "financial performance and challenges at each individual paper."

Gannett has not commented on the expiration of the wage freeze, but executives have confirmed to Gannettoid.com the budgets are set with room for wage increases to begin in April.

Despite the upcoming return of raises, Gannett remains in a cutting mode. The round of layoffs Dickey announced over the summer has yet to complete, employees are required to take five furlough days during the first quarter and the company is considering whether or not to impose another week of furloughs in the second quarter. The announcement last month that Westchester would lay off 166 employees when it outsources its printing is a part of the 1,400 planned layoffs Dickey announced over the summer.

Dickey is expected to answer questions on a company audiocast at 1:30 p.m. (ET) today. Company spokeswoman Robin Pence is set to host the broadcast.


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