One Gannett newspaper may impose a wage freeze, in addition to unpaid furloughs during the three months beginning about Jan. 1, according to a well-placed reader.
Since posting this item four days ago, however, it's now sounding more like any furloughs would be imposed on a case-by-case basis. That is, worksites doing well financially would escape them, while sites with weaker results would not.
As well, I suspect any mandatory unpaid time off would fall on the U.S. and U.K. newspaper divisions, rather than, say, the broadcasting division, which just completed a bang-up third quarter.
As always, I continue to look for further confirmation and details. Until then, this all remains informed speculation.
In 2009, GCI imposed a one-week, unpaid furlough across all U.S. divisions during the first quarter. Another furlough followed in the second quarter; that one, also for most U.S. divisions, called for one unpaid week for most employees, and a second week for other, highly paid workers.
This year, the U.S. newspaper division, Corporate and some other divisions were furloughed for one week, during the first quarter.