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Stung by two years without pay raises, the labor group representing some employees at Cleveland's WKYC is slamming what it calls a Corporate-sponsored trip this week to Tahiti for the NBC affiliate's general manager and other Gannett employees.
The NABET-CWA describes the trip in a memo dated Thursday:
"In yet another demonstration of the arrogance and corporate greed of Gannett and WKYC-TV, General Manager Brooke Spectorsky, his wife and several employees of the sales staff, have joined many other Gannett general managers, sales staff and some clients in a corporate junket to Tahiti this week. This is being billed as a Corporate Event. Apparently, there is no shame at WKYC-TV or Gannett."
The memo doesn't say which GCI division employees are participating. But I suspect they work for the 23-station broadcasting unit, and are probably taking the trip as a bonus for reaching certain sales target.
Any such trip comes as GCI's struggling U.S. newspaper division completes another round of job reductions through hundreds of buyouts being completed in the days and weeks ahead.