Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Miami Herald to slash 175 jobs

The publisher of The Miami Herald announced Wednesday the paper will eliminate 175 positions and will reduce wages for the remaining workers.

The Miami Herald plans to cut 19 percent of its workforce, reduce salaries of those who remain and require one week unpaid furloughs, publisher David Landsberg announced Wednesday morning.

''About 175 employees will lose their jobs as a result, and we will eliminate another 30 vacant positions, for a total reduction of 205. Reductions will occur in all areas of our operation and at every level in the organization,'' Landsberg said in an e-mail to employees.

Remaining full-time employees earning between $25,000 and $50,000 a year will have their pay reduced 5 percent. For employees earning more than $50,000, the pay cut will be 10 percent.

Employees will also lose one week of pay this year through an unpaid furlough program.

As part of the cost cutting, The Miami Herald's presses will be converted to a 44-inch web format and the International Edition will cease publication.

Many of the jobs will happen through involuntary layoffs, but some employees will be offered the chance to voluntarily take severance packages. ''If enough employees do not take the voluntary option, then the work groups will be reduced either by function or according to least tenure, depending on the work group,'' Landsberg wrote.

Henry Gomez has the publisher's letter here. Bob Norman says "about 50" will be cut from the newsroom.

To see the latest info on McClatchy layoffs, click here. (Hat tip: comments)



Anonymous said...

It Looks like the Modesto Bee is slashing 40 positions. what I can tell 11 Guild members and 29 others.

Anonymous said...

International Edition will cease publication.

Hallelujah! Now there's a blow for freedom if there ever was one. That was nothing but a Fidel/Hugo Love Fest.

Anonymous said...

any idea how many press operators are taking hit in miami?

Anonymous said...

$25K in Miami? For that they can go to Walmart and get a gig.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but at walmart your stock has value and will tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

They pay 25,000 at Walmart? Don't think so,they're well documented for paying min. wage.

Anonymous said...

8 pressmen and 2 supervisors in miami.

Anonymous said...

oops! Too many pressmen, the correct total is 6 1/2 pressmen and 3 supervisors. I was the one who posted the first number. Sorry for the pre-mature evacuation.