Friday, December 19, 2008

Seattle Times orders 500 to take week off without pay

The Seattle Times is asking 500 managers and non-union workers to take a week off without pay.

The McClatchy Co. has a 49.5 percent stake in the Times.

In a story on the Times’ Web site, company spokeswoman Jill Mackie says workers can take the time off in a weeklong chunk or a day at a time between now and February, adding that she didn’t know how much money the move would save.

In November, The Times announced plans to cut its staff by 130 to 150 workers, another grim reminder of the daily newspaper’s financial struggles.

“As difficult as these operating decisions are, it is important to remember we have been here for 112 years, weathering many ups and downs, and these budget actions are necessary to respond to the current economic conditions and to position our newspaper and online operations for many more years of success and community service,” publisher Frank Blethen and president Carolyn Kelly wrote in a November e-mail to employees.

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