Monday, March 2, 2009

The Sun News announces layoffs, other cuts

About 9 percent of the workforce at The Sun News received word on Monday that their positions were eliminated in a round of layoffs. Those announcements preceded word of pay and some hour cuts companywide.

The cuts follow similar announcements at news companies and other industries across the area and the nation. They become effective on May 4.

``Today we are announcing plans to reduce our workforce by 20 positions, or about 9.1 percent of all employees,'' Pamela J. Browning, the newspaper's president and publisher, said in an announcement to employees. ``In addition, we will move to a 37.5 hour work week for hourly employees and will put in place wage reduction guidelines for all salaried employees.''

The layoffs affected workers in advertising, circulation, news, operations, finance and administration departments. Details of the pay cuts were being communicated to individual workers and figures weren't immediately available.

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