Sunday, February 8, 2009

MediaNews Group expands newspaper furloughs

MediaNews Group Inc., which previously asked workers at its newspapers in California to take one-week unpaid leaves, is now putting employees on furlough at its papers in at least five more states.

Unpaid leaves announced or agreed to Friday apply to newspapers in Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In most cases, the furloughs are to be taken by the end of March.

"There's been a deeper recession than what we've ever seen," said Andrew Mick, president of New England Newspapers Inc., a MediaNews unit that ordered unpaid leaves Friday. "We found it necessary to do something in the short term to go through our toughest months of the year, which are January through March."


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