Monday, April 6, 2009

Journal Sentinel lays off 31 workers

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel laid off 26 full time and five part-time employees Monday to reduce expenses.

“We need to continue to adjust our expense platform to align it with the realities of our reduced revenue base,” president and publisher Elizabeth “Betsy” Brenner said in a memo to employees.

Last week, the newspaper’s corporate parent, Milwaukee-based Journal Communications Inc. (NYSE: JRN), announced a plan for a 6-percent wage cut for the balance of 2009. Brenner called the layoffs “another difficult step.”

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