'Columbus Ledger-Enquirer' Orders Furloughs for Half its Workforce

By: E&P Staff About half of the 174 employees of the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer will be required to take a week off without pay, the paper reported Thursday.

Publisher Valerie Canepa told employees that 88 workers, including newsroom employees, will be required to take the furlough between Sept. 6 and Dec. 12, according to the story by Tony Adams.

Exempted from the furlough will be all advertising sales employees, most production workers and the staff of The Bayonet, a publication that serves Fort Benning, the paper said. The Ledger-Enquirer is published by The McClatchy Co.

"We have an excellent newspaper and a building full of talent, and I hate that we must require furloughs," Canepa said in an e-mail to employees. "But further cost-cutting is necessary to weather the volatile market conditions that make the business of producing a daily newspaper more challenging than ever before."

The Ledger-Enquirer, owned by Sacramento, Calif.-based The McClatchy Co., has used employee buyouts, layoffs, a wage freeze and pay cuts over the last year to manage through the economic downturn.


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