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Breaking (For Real): Argus to Furlough Employees for One Week

Posted by tdepp on January 15, 2009

SD Watch just received a memo from a source about Argus Leader Publisher Randell Beck informing Argus staff that they will be made to take a one week unpaid furlough during the first quarter of 2009.

  • PDF Alert: Here is the memo and the FAQ prepared by Gannett–File argusfurloughs.pdf (108K)

According to Beck:

Considering the continuing economic difficulties our nation is facing, including right here in Sioux Falls, as well as the challenging forecast for the next several months, I believe this is far better than the alternative.  I view this as perhaps the fairest way for all of us, no matter our level or pay, to shoulder the responsibility for reducing expenses.  All employees in the community newspaper division will be required to go on furlough.  That includes me.

What is interesting is that the memo came out the same day that the Argus noted that a number of South Dakota companies were also issuing furloughs.  But no mention of the Argus.  Hmmm. 

Will the last one to leave the Argus please turn out lights on the way out?

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