From: Evans, Von Ceil
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 12:04 PM
To: +FWST ALL
Subject: Furlough Announcement
Sent on behalf of Gary Wortel
In March, we notified you that we were planning a one-week unpaid furlough program in the 2nd half of the year based upon business conditions at that time.
It’s been an extremely tough year for everyone at the Star-Telegram and all media in general. Thanks to your dedication and commitment we are seeing improvements in many areas, including online behavioral targeting revenue, classified sales initiatives, retail territory growth and magazine and niche product efforts. With that said, the economic climate continues to be difficult as evidenced by the June unemployment rate of 8.3%. We need to remain diligent in reducing expenses and focusing efforts on growing ad revenue.
For those reasons, it is necessary for us to move forward with implementing a one week unpaid furlough program. The furlough period will be from August 17 through December 27, 2009. Shortly, you will be receiving:
A scheduling form to complete and return to your manager no later than August 10th.
Q & A to assist you in understanding how the program works
Human Resources will be scheduling open meetings to answer any questions you might have. While the documents are comprehensive in nature, we want you to have the opportunity to come with any questions you might have regarding the plan. Those meeting times will be communicated no later than end of business July 31st.
I appreciate your continued hard work and dedication.