To: All Employees
From: P.J. Browning
Subject: Workforce and Wage Reductions
Date: March 2, 2009
Today we are announcing plans to reduce our workforce by 20 positions, or about 9.1% of all employees. In addition, we will move to a 37.5 hour work week for hourly employees and will put in place wage reduction guidelines for all salaried employees.
This announcement is a follow-up to the February 5 announcement by McClatchy that the company will further reduce operating expenses as a result of ongoing and unprecedented economic pressures and revenue declines.
These are difficult decisions, especially when it means saying goodbye to so many of our friends and colleagues. But we must make these additional cuts to protect the financial health of the newspaper, to ensure the success of our efforts to restructure and adjust to meet new competitive and economic challenges.
Reductions will occur in the Advertising, Circulation, News, Operations, Finance and Administration Divisions. Employees affected by this workforce reduction have been notified and provided with information about a transition package. We appreciate all that they have done for The Sun News and will do everything we can to make their transition as smooth as possible.
The wage reduction guidelines referenced above will be communicated today with each individual. Everyone will be provided a letter and will have the opportunity to ask questions. These wage reductions and the move to a 37.5 hour work week will be effective on May 4, 2009.
Our future success is the product of the hard work you all do everyday. We respectfully ask for your continued focus and contribution, even in these difficult circumstances. Thank you for all you do.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The Sun News announces 20 layoffs, plus wage reductions
Memo from PJ Browning. publisher of the Sun News in Myrtle Beach: