To all Miami Herald employees:
Today we are announcing a reduction plan that will result in the loss of 24 staff positions and the shortening of the full-time workweek for departments directly involved in newspaper production operations.
The move is part of our ongoing effort to ride out this unprecedented period of economic turmoil. While we are seeing some signs of improvement on the horizon, we expect operating conditions to remain challenging through much of 2010.
The reduction plan includes operational savings and the elimination of temporary labor and open positions. The job eliminations are spread across all of our divisions. Although many of these will occur through involuntary layoffs, there also will be opportunities for employees to voluntarily elect a severance package where reductions are occurring in work groups of two or more employees. If enough employees do not take the voluntary option, then the work groups will be reduced according to least tenure.
Employees affected by this reduction are being notified immediately and provided with information about a transition package. If a voluntary option is being offered to your work group, you will receive written notification with additional information today.
The shortened full-time workweek to 37.5 hours will affect all hourly staffers in Prepress, Printing Operations, Electric Shop, Machine Shop, Packaging and Transportation. Employees who work 37.5 hours in those areas will retain their full-time status for health insurance, vacations and other benefits. There will be meetings beginning shortly for all employees in the Operations Division.
As in the past, every effort has been made to minimize the number of layoffs. At this moment, when signs of an economic recovery are still mixed, our actions will help us navigate what we believe will be a period of moderating revenue losses in 2010.
These are difficult decisions, and we realize how tough it is to stay focused on the important mission we share at MHMC. We have come a long way, and we thank you for your continued dedication and hard work.
If you have further questions about the plan, please direct them to your division vice president.
According to The Daily Pulp, seven people in the newsroom are getting axed: an assigning editor, two copy editors, two designers, a photo editor, and a part-time librarian. El Nuevo Herald will lose one-and-a-half editing positions. (Thanks to the reader who sent this in.)