Tuesday, January 6, 2009

How to get around a company-wide wage freeze

McClatchy announced a company-wide wage freeze earlier this year. The freeze was supposed to apply across the company, including corporate.

Is there a way to get around a wage freeze? Sure. Create a new position that didn't exist before the wage freeze, then move an existing employee into the newly-created position.

It appears that is what was done at this McClatchy newspaper.

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Anonymous said...

That's about as bad as the McClatchy Interactive practice of having VPs in charge of themselves.

McClatchy Watch said...

I'm betting the employees who didn't get their scheduled pay raise aren't happy about it.

Archer05 said...

I came across a stat that seems out of whack to me. I would have thought just the opposite.

Number of reporters: 39,230

Number of editors: 63,930

Anonymous said...

You would think, but we're operating at about one editor per reporter now, which is just ridiculous. I guess someone's got to go to all the meetings.

Anonymous said...

More editors than reporters? Nah, that seems just about right.

We're known for having more chiefs than indians around here. I think it's another one of those company rules that never get written down.

Anonymous said...

Another way around the wage freeze is to become a classically trained nationally syndicated columnist of the highest ethical standards.

Archer05 said...

Anon: 9:32 -
And, if that isn’t enough, one can always try sleeping with the boss.
Ewww, a marriage made in____? Geez, I can’t even think of a suitable place.