Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Daily News Update

Hey guys,

Just wanted to check in and let you know the little bit I've heard since Friday's message. Ron and Melissa met with the LANG execs and the other papers' editors today and made their case for preserving jobs and working more efficiently. From my conversations with both afterward, it seemed like the meetings were productive but it's still likely that we'll lose a few jobs. It hasn't been decided how many, where or when, but Ron said that it would be far fewer than predicted last Friday. Apparently, the new plan will now go up the corporate chain for approval in the next few days, at which point we hope to have some more concrete news.

The upside to this is it sounds like they're not just looking to slash and burn, that they're looking at ways to make the chain run more cohesively and collaboratively. The downside, unfortunately, is that we're still probably going to take a hit. The conversations between the union and management will definitely continue before and after to make sure that whatever happens, everyone gets treated fairly.

I wish I had more to share with you, but that's all I know for the moment. You guys have done a great job of performing under pressure lately and I hope that won't go unnoticed by the folks who will decide the paper's future. As soon as I hear more, I'll make sure to pass it along, but in the meantime, keep up the fine work you do every day.

-Brent

3 Comments:

Anonymous Robert Sax said...

Dear Brent,

I enjoy working with you and your colleagues and admire your consistent, professional work. I hope that any cuts at the Daily News won't make life there unbearable. Good luck!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent,

What's this I hear about 'revamping' of the way we accrue vacation time in the near future? What have you heard about it?


For folks who don't know this yet. Dear ol' Singleton thinks it's better if employees are not allowed to carry more vacation time than their yearly vacation time...e.g. if you get three weeks per year, that's all you'll ever be allowed to have at any time...

The company claims it's a strategy to avoid employee fatigue...perhaps it's true...but it's also a nice way of ensuring their pocketbook won't suffer much when a new round of layoffs comes around...

Thanks for the hard work Brent!

11:32 PM  
Blogger Oxnard St. said...

I've heard rumblings about it, but nothing concrete thusfar. There'll be a fresh posting above... Thanks for checkin' in.

-BRent

10:00 PM  

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