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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.