Thursday, January 24, 2013

Urgent: GPS confirms layoffs, new memo says

Gannett Publishing Services President Evan Ray said the printing, ad production and distribution subsidiary is laying off about 100 employees, according to a memo today that confirms recent Gannett Blog reports of job losses there.

Corporate formed GPS in September 2011 in another bid to cut costs. It employed 7,700 of Gannett's 31,000 total workers worldwide, as of Dec. 31, 2011 -- the most recent figure available publicly. The next updated figure -- as of the end of 2012 -- will likely be published late next month. 

Here's the text of Ray's memo:

Gannett is entering 2013 with strong momentum, thanks to your good work.

Our business continues to change and as part of our ongoing transformation, Gannett Publishing Services (GPS) is restructuring its distribution, single copy circulation sales, blue chip (hotel) sales and education sales operations.

Our goal is to enhance our delivery service, create efficiencies and improve circulation sales volumes.

Distribution restructuring is needed as a result of new partnerships, volume changes and the duplication of efforts within USA Today and U.S. Community Publishing distribution. Our focus for circulation sales is to provide a more strategic approach to driving sales volumes while enhancing the service provided to consumers.

Unfortunately, as a result of this restructuring, we were not able to avoid layoffs. There will be about 100 staff reductions, effective today. Those impacted will be eligible for Gannett’s Transitional Pay Plan (TPP) benefit except those who work in states where the TPP is not in place. Employees in such states will receive separation benefits similar to the TPP benefits.

These employees have made many contributions to the company and their efforts are deeply appreciated. We wish them well in all their endeavors.

Thank you for all you do to help drive our company forward every day. As our industry continues to evolve in exciting new ways, we will continue to better position the company for the future together.

Please feel free to email me directly at with any questions you might have.


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  1. What a smarmy, insincere memo.

  2. And as he was writing it, he was probably thinking, "An even stronger position because we know longer have to pay 100 of you schlubs."

  3. His involvement in writing it was probably minimal. The verbiage and phrasing used in these memos is strikingly similar every time one goes out.

  4. One again, someone has to pay for the end of year bonuses for upper management.

  5. I printed off one of these letters for each bathroom in my home, that way when we sit down there will be 2 things full of shit in the bathroom.

  6. Really all cuts aren't necessary. That is great reasoning unless you are the one losing your job.Evan Ray should have been the one terminated would have saved the company big bucks. Last year he made cuts in distribution, and circulation. He laid off good workers that added value to the company and the community and has been replacing them them with a private distributor that pays next to nothing, makes people use their own vehicles, no benefits and a seven day work week. Letting other workers go to hire outside labor service companies. Yes, he really appreciates everything you have done and your hard work? How insincere.

  7. At least they got a memo. I got blindsided last year by a stealth layoff in between memo-ed layoffs. For those of you that are still employed, watch your back.

  8. " Please feel free to email me directly at with any questions you might have. "

    Where do they find these people ?

  9. I sold 100 copies of new business weekly for USAT and was let go. Hmmm, Evan you want to increase numbers yet you let a solid sales producer go? Great job Evan, perhaps you should review the lay off list before you sign on the dotted line? Idiot.

  10. Enhance delivery? When? Where? Cancelled my 30-year subscription to The Times on Monday after a week of more days of missed papers than days where I found it in my yard. Catastrophic press issues apparently to blame for latest delivery problems. Not enough value, credibility and news to warrant keeping it despite chronic delivery problems the rest of the time.

    1. You are not alone. We are losing subscribers and advertisers by the fistful on a daily basis.

    2. Yup - Tankin'

  11. There is a special place in hell for Evan Ray.

  12. Nice of him to care about the future of those employees lives he has destroyed.

  13. Best wishes for your future endeavors but if you are over fifty you might as well give up your life is ruined.


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