NYT story on Gannett's furloughs

Dateline: Wed 14 Jan 2009

It basically rehashes the news, but here are some details from the Times and tne effect of the Gannett mandate on unions:

"The company cannot impose the measure unilaterally on employees covered by a union contract, but Mr. Dubow said Gannett was asking unions to participate voluntarily. Tara Connell, a company spokeswoman, said about 12 percent of Gannett's domestic employees were unionized.

"With the newspaper industry in increasingly dire financial straits, Gannett's mandatory week off takes its place in a growing list of grave moves like widespread layoffs, the newspapers in Detroit halting home delivery four days of the week, the bankruptcy filing of the Tribune Company and warnings from the owners of The Rocky Mountain News and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer that those papers could shut down."

Here is the link to the NYT stor, again, with thanks to those who sent it my way:



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