Anonymous@2:12 p.m. has just posted what they present as a memo sent to employees today by U.S. newspaper division President Bob Dickey. In it, Dickey says the division "will not have any furloughs this year in the second quarter,'' and says further that no "division-wide layoffs are planned." Here's the full text:
CONTAINS PROPRIETARY BUSINESS INFORMATION - NOT FOR PUBLIC DISSEMINATION
March 16, 2010
To: All U.S. Community Publishing employees
From: Bob Dickey
I am pleased to share some very good news with you today.
Thanks to your ongoing efforts to manage our business well and focus on executing against our key priorities, we are heading into the second quarter with good momentum. Because of this, I am happy to let you know that U.S. Community Publishing will not have any furloughs this year in the second quarter. Additionally, we do not have any division-wide lay-offs planned. I know this has been a question on many people’s minds, so I hope this eases those concerns. As announced earlier, we will continue to roll out the two Gannett Production Centers throughout 2010 with a planned finish date of early 2011.
As I noted in an email to all USCP employees a few weeks ago, our division’s performance is improving and we are on track for the first quarter. We are experiencing ongoing favorable trends in many key areas of our business including: retail, employment and automotive advertising; profitability of our non-daily products continues to improve; and Sunday home delivery volumes are growing which is one of our key goals for the year. Our Audience Aggregation strategy continues to be a success with digital audiences growing and online revenues will post year-over-year gains in the first quarter. Most importantly, we continue to publish outstanding journalism across U.S. Community Publishing.
Looking forward, we need to keep in mind that the economy continues to be fragile so it is essential that we remain vigilant in our efforts to manage costs and continue to create greater efficiencies in all that we do.
I know that many of the steps we continue to take to improve our business and achieve operational efficiencies have not been easy, but they are necessary to remain a strong and stable company. I sincerely thank you for all you do to serve our readers and customers.
As always, please feel free to email me with any questions or ideas about our business. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
This memo appears to be slightly at odds with a report on Gannettoid, which says certain higher-paid division employees will, indeed, be furloughed. Can anyone explain the difference? Please post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write jimhopkins[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the rail, upper right.