The Ledger-Enquirer will require nearly half of its employees to take a week off without pay beginning Sept. 6, said Valerie Canepa, the newspaper’s publisher, on Wednesday.Update: a reader points out all the savings will go toward the 4th quarter.
The mandatory furloughs impact 88 of 174 employees — including the newsroom — and will run through Dec. 12. Exempt are advertising sales employees, most production workers and the staff of The Bayonet, a publication that focuses on Fort Benning.
The furloughs come with the newspaper industry nationwide under financial pressure from the severe recession and print readers migrating to the Web for news.
“We have an excellent newspaper and a building full of talent, and I hate that we must require furloughs,” Canepa said in an email to employees. “But further cost-cutting is necessary to weather the volatile market conditions that make the business of producing a daily newspaper more challenging than ever before.”
The Ledger-Enquirer, owned by Sacramento, Calif.-based The McClatchy Co., has used employee buyouts, layoffs, a wage freeze and pay cuts over the last year to manage through the economic downturn.