Wednesday, March 11, 2009

McClatchy layoff info (updated)

Here is the current layoff info as of March 19, 2009 (includes info from Anchorage Daily News)

Alaska

Anchorage Daily News
47 employees to be laid off, wage cuts effective April 13, 2009 (details about cuts not yet announced), possible furloughs 2nd half of 2009.

California


The Fresno Bee
:
Total layoffs at the paper = 63. The Guild voted 3/10/09 to support management's plan to lay off 16 full time and 5 part time employees in the bargaining unit. Pay cuts (effective April 13, 2009), furlough option, vacation changes.

salary under $35,000 = no cut
$35,000-$59,999 = 4% cut
$60,000-$89,999 = 6% cut

(More here and here.)

Merced Sun-Star:
10 positions eliminated, wage cuts

The Modesto Bee:
Total of 40 positions eliminated. The Guild voted 3/9/09 to accept management's proposal of 11 layoffs in the bargaining unit. Unpaid furloughs second half of 2009. Pay cuts (not sure when they take effect):

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000-$34,999 = 2% cut
$35,000-$49,999 = 3% cut
$50,000-$64,999 = 5% cut
$65,000-$99,999 = 7.5% cut
$100,000 + = 10% cut

The Sacramento Bee:
The Guild voted 3/6/09 to accept management's proposal to lay off 34 employees in the bargaining unit, implement pay cuts (effective April 13, 2009), possible unpaid furlough in second half of 2009, and vacation accrual changes. Total employees laid off = 128.

salary under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 - $50,000 = 3% cut
$50,000 or above = 6% cut

(More at the Guild's web site here.)

San Luis Obispo Tribune
3 laid off by end of March, 4 additional layoffs when some financial functions are outsourced to Fresno Bee, wage cuts

Florida

The Miami Herald
175 employees will lose their jobs, another 30 vacant positions will be eliminated, unpaid furloughs starting in April, wage cuts. The Herald to lease one floor of its building.

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 - $50,000 = 5% cut
$50,000 + = 10% cut


Georgia


Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus)
20 positions eliminated (includes 13 vacant positions), wage cuts for those making over $26,000 - cuts range from 2.5% to 8%. (more here)

The Telegraph (Macon)
18 positions eliminated (some through attrition), wage cuts for employees making over $25,000 (2.5% to 10%). 58 positions already eliminated when printing operations were moved to Columbus.

Idaho

Idaho Statesman
(Boise)

25 positions, wage cuts, unpaid furloughs

under $25,000 = no cuts
$25,999 - $49,999 = 3% cut
$50,000 - $99,000 = 6% cuts
$100,000 + = 10% cut

Illinois

Belleville News-Democrat
30 positions eliminated (includes 12 p.t. and 3 vacant positions), wage cuts for employees making over $25,000

Kansas


Wichita Eagle
:
14 positions eliminated, wage cuts

Missouri


Kansas City Star:

Will eliminate about 150 positions, implement wage cuts effective April 20. Publisher says more information later.

under $100,000 = 5% cut (plus or minus)
over $100,000 = 10% cut

North Carolina

The News & Observer
78 layoffs, wage cuts, unpaid furloughs beginning in May.

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 - $49,999 = 2.5% cut
$50,000 - $99,999 = 5% cut
$100,000 + = 10% cut

South Carolina


The Herald
(Rock Hill):
6 positions eliminated, wage cuts. Printing operations have already been transferred to Charlotte.

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 or more = 2.5% to 10% cut

The Island Packet (Blufton) and Beaufort Gazette:
17 positions eliminated (8 of which were open), wage reductions (5 to 10%), hourly employees cut back from 40 hours to 37.5 hours. Possible unpaid furloughs.

The State (Columbia):
38 layoffs (including 3 VPs), wage reductions

The Sun News
(Myrtle Beach):
20 Layoffs, 9.1% wage reductions, 37.5 hours per week effective 5/4/09. (More here and here.) An additional 58 positions were eliminated with the transfer of printing operations to Charleston.


Texas


Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

12% of employees laid off (approx. 130 employees), wage reductions (see below), some voluntary buyouts, reduced hours for operational employees.

Wage reductions (effective with 4/24/09 paycheck):
under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 - $49,999 = 2.5% cut
$50,000 - $99,999 = 5% cut
over $100,000 = 10% cut (more info here)

Washington


The Bellingham Herald
(Washington):
Layoff 8 full-time positions and 2 part-time, totaling 10 people.

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000-$50,000 = 2.5% cut
$50,000 or more = 5% cut (More here.)
Building is up for sale.

The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington)
30 layoffs, wage cuts, possible unpaid furloughs 2nd half of 2009 under $25,000 = no cuts

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 - $100,000 = 5% cut
$100,000 + = 10% cut

The Olympian
15 layoffs, wage cuts

Tri-City Herald (Washington):
Lay off 3 employees, possible furloughs, wage reductions.

under $25,000 = no cut
$25,000 to $49,999 = 2.5% cut
$50,000 or more = 5% cut

McClatchy Interactive
:
9 positions eliminated (6 through attrition), wage reductions.

under $50,000 = 3.5% cut
$50,000 - $100,000 = 5% cut
over $100,000 = 10% cut
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If you have more info, leave it in comments.
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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

They say, the devils is in the details, but it this case, the devil, IS the details

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard yet on the CHarlotte Observer? We were told on 1-30-09 that we would hear in two weeks.....well now it's been almost five weeks......

Anonymous said...

What is going on at the Idaho Statesman. Employees keep getting told lay offs and they will hear soon but no news yet

Anonymous said...

How many staffers are in the Sacramento Bee newsroom?

Anonymous said...

From: Browning, P.J
Sent: Wed 3/4/2009 9:01 AM
To: Tsn All Sun News Users
Subject: Outsourcing update

All - as you know we have been working toward a contract to outsource our printing and packaging. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have entered into a contractual relationship with the Evening Post Publishing Co. in Charleston, SC to begin printing on Monday, March 30.

Here's our layoff update for Myrtle Beach. She is pleased to announce that on March 30th about 80 more of you will be on the un-employment line. I bet our salaries will go to wonder boys next bonus.

Anonymous said...

From: Browning, P.J
Sent: Wed 3/4/2009 9:01 AM
To: Tsn All Sun News Users
Subject: Outsourcing update

All - as you know we have been working toward a contract to outsource our printing and packaging. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have entered into a contractual relationship with the Evening Post Publishing Co. in Charleston, SC to begin printing on Monday, March 30.

Here's our layoff update for Myrtle Beach. She is pleased to announce that on March 30th about 80 more of you will be on the un-employment line. I bet our salaries will go to wonder boys next bonus.

Anonymous said...

How many staffers are in the Sacramento Bee newsroom?

Anonymous said...

Re: The Sun News. Considering the 20 layoffs in addition to the 58 position eliminations, isn't that more like 40% of the staff? The entire paper had consisted of ~180 employees prior to this week's bloodshed. Interesting how they report it as 9.1%. On top of that, there are the dozen people that were apparently "fired" in January.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure where you are getting your info, but I work at the Sac Bee and can tell you with certainty that anyone making over
$50K will get a 6% cut,
$25-$50k will get a 3% cut and under $25k will get no pay cut. The numbers on your blog are wrong.

McClatchy Watch said...

6:11 -- Your figures are the same as the latest Guild numbers at their web site. I corrected my post, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Anonymous said...

March 5, 2009 1:08 PM "How many staffers are in the Sacramento Bee newsroom?"

I don't know but here's link from the Sac Bee Web site under staff listings, soon to be a historic document. There are names listed.

http://guide.sacbee.com/105/story/18.html

Let me see what figures I can round up.

Anonymous said...

I believe there are about 200 staffers in the Bee newsroom. That would include editors, reporters, designers, aides, etc. It might even be closer to 225 if I remember correctly.

Anonymous said...

On last night's news (I believe it was CNN) they announced that McClatchy would lay off 1600 workers company wide. Supposedly that's one in 6 positions. Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/178/story/645319.html

The Tribune will lay off three employees in advertising, production and IT at the end of March, Publisher Bruce Ray announced today. And it will eliminate about four additional jobs in the next few months when it outsources several financial functions to the Fresno Bee, its sister newspaper.

... The Tribune also announced an across-the-board wage reduction, mirroring pay cuts occurring at other newspapers owned by the Sacramento-based McClatchy Co.

Scooping the News said...

So, no layoffs at the McClatchy-owned Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky? I'm surprised considering the newspaper went through two rounds of layoffs last year.

Anonymous said...

You listed McClatchy Interactive under Washington. It is in Raleigh, NC. Also there was a story on The News and Observer on WTVD 11 a Durham NC tv station.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=6707044

Anonymous said...

Layoffs coming in Lexington maybe Friday but probably Monday.

If we take the deal we lose 14, and everyone else gets a 5% paycut. (no tiered system here)

If we don't take the deal it's 19 layoffs and no paycut.

Anonymous said...

ok, people, wake up, 2 billion in debt, wake up, do you not see where this is headed, please for your sake, don't ride the wave, you will obviously drown! Be realistic, this is a different, it is going to take a long time for the entire economy to recover...get back to basics. Get out of the newspaper industry before it is nothing...

Anonymous said...

http://www.centredaily.com/news/breaking_news/story/1180881.html

The Centre Daily Times in Pennsylvania cut three more positions with a warning of more to come.

Anonymous said...

When I was Cut from my paper under McClatchy, the manager told me "its nothing personal just a numbers thing. Whats funny...is that if it was just a "numbers thing" that personally could have easily cut three or four managers that make some damn good salaries, who I know do nothing but scratch their butts most of the day, and kept double the amount of hourly hard workers that make considerably less and need the money for their families. Managers don't do anything these days...I swear...