I've heard the following tip from just one source, so -- as always -- take this with a grain of salt. With that caution in mind:
A well-connected reader tells me that one-week unpaid furloughs are in the works for at least some Gannett newspapers during the first quarter -- the three months beginning, more or less, on Jan. 1. I do not know whether this mandatory time off is just for some papers in the U.S. community newspaper division -- or all of them. In any case, I hear some members of operating committees -- the group of top managers at many local GCI sites -- were recently told about the plan.
Any widespread mandatory furloughs would be the first since the first quarter of this year. There were two rounds of furloughs in 2009: during the first and second quarters.