Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Dec. 3-9 | Your News & Comments: Part 2

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  1. OK, I want o plan my winter get away, when is the Furlough Program start this year? I know a few top honcho's who have done budgets are well aware when this is going to happen, so speak up to your fellow workers guys
    Thanks

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  2. The union's in Phoenix are toast. First of all the pressmen are over staffed like most bigger union pressrooms. 2nd- You press Ops make way too much money for doing way to little. I understand that a handful of guys do all the work, while the senior pressmen do as little as possible ( blame the union for that) I have been down this road at a large GCI Metro. No contract for 5 plus years. You will never get another contract, cold plain facts fella's. GPS will shut you down before it ever comes to that..look at Cincinnati, 60 guys or more are just about done as soon as Columbus gets their press's running

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    1. Shut us down haha what a joke who else in the phoenix area has the ability to print all of the Republics dailys,preruns usat and new york times ,the zones and the few other things they print thats about 5 million + per week maybe they can ship that to Colummbus also you freakin moron Phoenix dont let this idiot posting negative shit get to you stand up and fight you have more on your side than you think

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  3. AZ REPUBLIC we will get a new contract or we will call there bluff and make them shut us down.we are tired of the bs no raise in 13 years while the head honchos continue to receive fat salary and bonuses while we struggle screw Mr. Carpenter shut us down if u have the balls

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  4. AZ Republic
    MR. Carpenter you and your new found wealth that came with your new position with gannette is part of the problem Im sure u get the union to do what you want you get a fat bonus.you are an arrogant pos!!!just shut us down we are calling your bluff

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  5. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has joined the ranks of Gannett papers that have dramatically scaled back the number of local editorials. Did I miss some corporate directive?

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  6. 7:15...just another reason people have stopped buying the local paper...it's not so much local anymore. With over a third of the "news" stories coming from USA Today and the editorials coming from other papers more and more, people are just giving up...and they are NOT going to digital/online.

    I've never seen an industry get so collectively self destructing in all my life. Almost makes you want to sit down and cry.

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  7. Furloughs hell.That would be good.
    The layoff info will be announced before the furlough info.
    Guaranteed.

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  8. The suggestion that the death of the newspaper industry has anything to do with unmet consumer demand for anonymous "voice of God" editorials — sorry, but that's just so typical of the pervasive denial and self-delusion.

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  9. Mr.Carpenter you should use the fact that gannette eats well over 100,000 dollars a year in free labor by letting the over paid press operators go home early all the time put there lazy asses to work.make them clean the press room,clean the windows, wipe down the press every job should be ready for next crew with the exception of plating the press up

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  10. 3:11: As soon as Columbus gets their presses running? How far behind schedule are they now? Another one of Ryan's hair brained ideas. The leadership at corporate is lacking in every area.

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  11. "...the pressmen are over staffed like most bigger union pressrooms"

    "You press Ops make way too much money"

    I understand that a handful of guys do all the work"

    This guy hasn't worked in a pressroom for many years. A lot has changed since he's been "...down this road at a large GCI Metro."

    Old "Truths" die hard.

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  12. Dear Corporate:

    At the benefits website, this wording came up, thus refusing to take my message (see below):

    "Please enter a question in a valid format. You may use alphanumeric characters and common punctuation marks in your entry."

    My message is:

    Hi - On Nov. 8, 2012, I asked why the health care enrollment form didn't show a fee for EyeMed vision coverage. Further calls and chats with Lucy, Thane and Christina yielded only Thane's followup that EyeMed should be $8.77. However, I told them that the screen display shows that my premium is $571.34 per month - which is wonderful since the premium was previously taken per paycheck. No one as of Dec. 4, 2012, has clarified if my premium of $571.34 is actually monthly or per paycheck. On Nov. 14, 2012, Christina promised a call as soon "as soon as this is fixed" but now it is well past enrollment time and there has been only today's call from Lucy saying "we're working on it."

    FURTHER for corporate:
    When I called the benefits number, overseas staffers were unable to help me because my questions did not fit their easy-answer prompts. They relayed my call to U.S. staffers, who are unable to help me because they're clearly not getting the right backup inside Gannett.

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  13. 7:15 - Green Bay has dramatically dropped the number of everything. Since the last ad director left retail revenue has tanked. Scott had ideas, this guy don't. No revenue, no content.

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  14. "...down this road at a large GCI Metro."

    Were you part of this newspaper's solution or part of the problem? Are you bitter because Gannett threw you out along with everybody else? Are you bitter because Gannett couldn't see through their mistake of tossing out a quality pressman such as yourself? So now, it appears, you flail and rail (again, the bitterness) against those who want to keep the little they have. How far down do you want to go? How far down do you want to drag everyone with you?

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  16. 9:09, Cincinnati mini-edition printed in Columbus was to launch in early October. Now they're saying Feb or March.

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  17. Gannett corporate is hiring:

    Director Media Relations - Gannett Company

    The company is seeking a director of media relations, reporting to the VP Corporate Communications. This individual will coordinate high level media relations programs across the company and assist in the formulation and implementation of press strategy. The director of media relations will identify and execute on proactive opportunities to tell the Gannett story and assist the vice president in coordinating coverage. The position is based at the company headquarters in McLean, VA.



    Responsibilities:

    Work with VP, Corporate Communications to oversee and execute media relations for Gannett
    Proactively pitches stories across the company to gain maximum exposure and interest in Gannett.
    Plans, researches and develops public/media relations through new print, radio, television and web media.
    Maximize social media and online tools to more effectively communicate with press.
    In conjunction with the Vice President, Corporate Communications, serve as a spokesperson with media.
    Develop press materials, including press kits, press releases, fact sheets, bios, press events, and related communication.
    Maintain press lists and create results reports related to specific initiatives.

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  18. Phoenix, what needs to happen is all unions in this company need to come together. Will this happen I don't think so. The reason is you look after yourselves and no one else. The pressroom and mailroom are in contract talks you have the same international union why not use this to your advantage. Tell the company you will be collective bargining. You have the numbers and this time of the year is the cash cow for phoenix. You should also include machine and electric shop who's contracts end next year. Now is the time for the last stand. You clowns need to come together or the company will be eating your lunch once again.

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  19. just got the Gannett 401K mailer and it shows that none of the funds you can invest were above 0.00 in the last year. Man, Gannett is even poor at even offering employees good mutual funds, which isn't hard. Everything out there is 10 to 15 percent for the last year.

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  20. Gannett plans furloughs and layoffs. Here's why from nashville:
    a 12-page sports Monday section with one 2x8 ad.

    a former night manager keeping her manager salary after being relegated to a night online copy editor.

    hiring a business editor after Gannett set up a hiring freeze.

    Yes, corporate may try to save money but sites will always waste it

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  21. Corporate may try to save money?

    Kindly send up a flare when that happens so we can all watch. Meanwhile I'll be counting vice presidents and directors.

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  22. In light of all the changes going on in the print media, we have this from our friends at The Onion.

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/dunbar-family-forced-to-discontinue-print-edition,30601/

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  23. No, newspapers are NOT in trouble because some are doing away with local editorials. However, doing away with local content of any, and all, types is the problem. If you cut local news, features, sports and also, editorials -- as the smaller NJ papers have done -- there's very little reason for people to read the paper.

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  24. Heard the new Director of Media Relations will be focused on getting more camera time for Maryam and Sandra.

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  25. Who was cut from marketing to open up this new position as Blue Balls Banikarim's publicist?

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  26. 1:46 doesn't understand collective bargaining. The second 1:46 doesn't understand mutual funds. 1:58 doesn't understand how ad placement works.

    Lots of people talking without much knowledge. It's just another day at Gannett Blog.

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  29. This company has the most lame management.

    They fire good people and then months later post the same jobs.

    Insanity.

    Are you listening Banikarim?

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  30. The head of p.r. Now needs a director of p.r? Does anyone at this company ever just say no? How many fucking executives with useless job titles does this corporation need? God, this shit sends morale plunging.

    I have yet to see anything tangible out of this media relations office besides the same old same old.

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  31. testing what time zone my post is posted

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  32. Indy has the worst management. Does anybody there know what they are doing including Crotchfelt? The local media competition us squashing them like a bug.

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  34. carpenter is a bigtime christian ! but doesn't practice what he belives in. treats people like the devil !

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  35. No, the bogger folly is at flagship usa today, where 13'msenior editors and managers were just appointed but no reporters added to the 24 /7 carnival and hub of horrors dave callaway and kramer created. This is the big plan? promote and reward ineptitude. That is th bottom line. And that accomplishes what in the grand strategy plan? Seems like Hunke's ghost still haunts the place. like the Hunkster, Callaway seems to be a big proponent of management superheirarchy and cush jobs for asskissing fools.

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  36. I lost my Gannett job a little over a year ago. I was devastated and it was the ultimate financial blow on top of a succession of furloughs throughout my many years with the company. I am sorry to hear Gannett is still issuing furloughs. Furloughs are very difficult to deal with. I wish I could say that it is easy to find another job, but it's honestly very difficult out there, in this economy. Most businesses are only hiring people for 6 months at a time. And, I unknowingly found myself in a situation where “my new employer” used me for 6 months and let me go. Traditionally if you hire someone for a 6 month project, the person receives a larger hourly rate to compensate for the short-term employment. Well, when this new employer let me go after 6 months... They laughed and said, "don't you think we're smart, we just lied to you and got the 6 month project done for only 24,ooo dollars." ... Then, my boss had the audacity to hit on me and ask me out, after ling to me and exploiting my trust for money. And, NO, I did not go out with him. When he asked me out, I said "no fu@k!ing way, I would ever go out with you." And, suddenly, Gannett seemed like a distant paradise compared to my recent experience with new type of management straight from the gutter. So, here I am again looking for another job and going through a major depression. My advice to you is to enjoy the little things in life... And, yes, there are actually worse places than Gannett. So, say a little prayer for me so that I may find another new job and get back on my feet again.

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  37. Im a white male in mi 50s. If I lose my Gannett job, I am fucked. People my age facw job discrimination. I dont think I would get hit on in a temp job unless it is from a blimd cougar.

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  38. I dont feel sorry for any white male in his 50s. White Shadow, ya'll need to go.

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  39. Remember when this blog had some useful information?

    Hahahaha -- OK, I laughed at that myself.

    But remember when it didn't have full streams of pointless comments every day? It's getting harder to recall those days.

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  40. What a bunch of cry babies....Phoenix Pressman, get a clue...the days of your union are numbered. Who is Ayn Rand? Personal responsibility=personal profit.

    I cleared hundreds off the second floor at 120 East Van Buren and should have taken out the basement as well during those days.

    Union=weakness


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  41. Reading the posts from the Phoenix pressmen it appears none finished High School. Please learn to write if you are going to post on a public board.

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  42. Kenn Gorecki12/09/2012 9:52 PM

    Tami and Boz = Doom

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