Your Guild is keenly aware of today’s announcement by corporate about one-week, first-quarter 2009 unpaid furloughs. We have already contacted the Newspaper Guild/CWA to get their advice and explore our options, given how it appears to be only mandatory for employees here who are exempt from the contract. Corporate suggests in the memos released at noon that layoffs would be in store for the unit if the union doesn’t agree to a furlough
We are in information-seeking mode and will respond to you; in the meantime, feel free to send us your recommendation as you digest “what this means.” We’re looking into see if there’s the possibility of unemployment benefits or freelance opportunities.
— for the Guild,
interim president Indy News Guild 70