Just talked to an employee that is still working at the Modesto paper. She HAS to work a little while longer (for the benefits). She said the conditions are terrible as EVERYONE has to do the jobs of two, three or more people. No raises or extra compensation for the extra work, 401k matching have stopped, and it appears the higher ups are just grasping at straws to maintain some semblance of sanity and stability. The employees are still friendly and courteous to customers and each other but it is like a really big really dark cloud hanging over their heads.
The Modesto Bee building has been bought by Modesto Junior college and needed office space will be leased back to the Bee. No one knows what is going to happen to the printing press. I'm glad I'm gone from that place.