Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer to lay off 15% of its work force, cut wages

Via email:
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer will layoff 15% of its workforce. That is equal to 20 job positions. More than half of the 20 job positions is vacant. The actual head count is 8. These employees will be notified within March - April. Wage cuts will be between 3% - 8%.
UPDATE: headline corrected -- the percentage I first posted in the headline was wrong, thanks to the reader who pointed it out.
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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your headline says 20 percent; your lede says 15 percent. Please pick one.

Anonymous said...

It isn't a mistake. They found an extra janitor/copy editor to throw on the fire at the last minute.

McClatchy Watch said...

12:48 -- fixed the headline, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Let's just hope this time they weed out some of those that aren't pulling they're weight.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for fixing the headline mistake.

Anonymous said...

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer stopped subsidizing garage parking fees --

Anonymous said...

Anyone out there wants to rent or buy our Tower Building? It's empty. It's a ghost building....

Anonymous said...

mebe, I've always wanted a ghost building. Well, I really always wanted a haunted castle, but you say it is a tower so that is close. Now, if it is in for real live ghost town all I can say is....

"Who'll give me a hundred dollars?
One hundred dollar bid, now two,
now two, will ya give me two?

Two hundred dollar bid, now three,
now three hundred, will ya give me three?

Two hundred, two and a half, two-fifty,
How about two-fifty? fifty? fifty? fifty? I got it!

How about two sixty? sixty? sixty?
I've got two sixty, now seventy?
how about seventy? two-seventy?"

Anonymous said...

The problem with company-wide layoffs that are decided upon strictly from spreadsheets is that, and this may just be specific to the ledger...because anythings possible (philosophically speaking), those who do the most real work and give themselves 110% don't make it. "Good on paper" isn't worth shit when a sales department is involved. There seems to be a trend - doing a good job will get you fired, or at the very least unnoticed.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed that. If you do well in the advertising, you feel like you're getting penalized for being good. In other words, if you make good money selling advertising, the company may change your commission so that it's harder for you to reach it. Who can prove this?

Anonymous said...

Columbus Ledger could lay off twice that percentage and the city or subscribers wouldn't notice. That paper lost it's effectiveness long ago when it started dividing the community and was overtaken by "Sound Offs" and "Letters to the Editor"(people getting free ink, space, & employee time/attention). It's a poorly run business.