Gannett To Furlough Community Paper Staff

gannett-logo.jpgGannett Co. will furlough its US Community Publishing (USCP) employees for five days in the first quarter of 2010. That’s to include non-union represented employees (including USCP president Bob Dickey) and possibly to include union-represented employees as well: however, Dickey writes in his memo to staff: “those union-represented employees who recently negotiated pay reductions in their contracts will not be furloughed.”

The USCP division includes Gannett’s more than 80 daily newspapers, but not USA Today; this is the same division that suffered a round of layoffs in July that totaled more than 1,000 people. Earlier this year, more than 41,000 Gannett employees took either five or ten unpaid days off depending on the employees’ salary at the time.

The company as a whole is still turning quarterly profits, though not nearly as much as it had been. In 2008, the company laid off 4,600 people. And finally, the USCP is still in the middle of a wage and salary freeze until March 31, 2010.