To all employees of The Modesto Bee,
This morning we are announcing plans for organizational changes in our company that will result in the elimination of 7 full-time positions throughout various departments.
Employees affected were contacted earlier today by members of the Human Resources department and information will be sent to members of the newsroom bargaining unit later today.
Those impacted will be eligible for severance benefits and outplacement services. We will do everything we can to help them through this transition.
While these changes are especially difficult considering the changes we have made in recent months and the impact it has on affected employees, they are necessary based on our prolonged advertising revenue challenges.
We had hoped – especially after respectively positive results were reported for the second quarter – that the overall economic outlook and revenue trend for our area would improve as the year progressed. Unfortunately that hasn’t proven to be the case.
Saying goodbye to longtime friends and colleagues is never easy. Those who are leaving are valued members of our team and we thank them for their years of service and dedication to our company.
Our continued success depends on your focus and professionalism through these difficult times. I appreciate everything you do.