About 500 managers and non-union workers at The Seattle Times are being asked to take a week off without pay as financial troubles mount.
Company spokeswoman Jill Mackie says workers can take the time off in a weeklong chunk or a day at a time between now and February. She said she didn't immediately have details on how much money the Times expects to save.
It's the latest in a series of dire steps by the company, which has had three rounds of layoffs this year.
The Times is run by the Blethen family, which holds a 50.5 percent stake in the company. The rest is held by McClatchy Co.
Note: the AP headline and the first sentence says workers are being "asked" to take a week off without pay. But the Sacramento Business Journal sees it differently -- their headline, more in line with reality, says the workers are being "ordered" to take the week off. Hat tip: Walter Abbott
More details at KATU.com:
The Times has cut nearly 500 positions in the past year, leaving it with about 1,410 full and part-time employees. Executives have warned that more job cuts could be coming next year, and Fardella wrote in her memo that The Times would be asking for concessions from unions representing the newspaper's workers after Jan. 1..