I would assume that if employees are being furloughed, overtime had already been eliminated, but I know that's not true. MSNBC has a story on furloughs, but it doesn't answer this question. It does say that hourly employees can be furloughed repeatedly, but salaried employees cannot. If this is Lee's solution to fixing the second quarter crunch (second quarter ends March 30), what happens in the third quarter? Or fourth?
A reminder: If you are taking unpaid time off, that means no work. No work e-mails, no phone calls, no work.
More papers have announced furlough plans. Also in St. Louis, Post-Dispatch union employees are voting Saturday on furlough plans; furloughs were already announced for salaried employees. The union is asking for a no-layoff promise, and of course isn't getting it. (We all realize that layoffs are still possible/likely despite furloughs, right?)
The list so far:
- Suburban Journals of St. Louis: Salaried employees must take a week off by March. (e-mail tip)
- Herald and Review: Hourly employees must take off 12 hours by May 30, and salaried employees' pay will be reduced by an amount equal to 12 hours.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Non-union employees -- about 300 people -- must take off 1 week by March 31. Union employees will vote this week on furlough plans.
- Rapid City Journal: As previously posted, four employees were laid off and employees must take time off by April.
- Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier: All employees must take off 1 week by April 1.
- Longview Daily News: Employees were asked to volunteer for furloughs. If not enough people sign up, they'll consider making them mandatory.
- Bloomington Pantagraph: 4-day furloughs by April 17 for hourly employees; 4-day pay cut for salaried employees (from comments)
- La Crosse Tribune and River Valley Newspaper Group: "Non-commission" employees must take 40 unpaid hours off between now and April (e-mail tip)