Evening report for May 8, 2013

McClatchy’s Charlotte Observer orders furloughs

From: [Managing editor] Carpenter, Cheryl
Date: May 8, 2013 3:09 PM
Subject: You’ll likely want to attend the standup today at 4:30 because ….
To: “CLT @Newsroom”

I’m sorry to deliver the hard news, but we will need to take another furlough this year.
Our HR vice president Risa McGrew will be joining us today to answer questions.

The furlough — which covers full-time hourly and exempt employees — officially starts June 3 and runs through Sept. 29, though if you have PTO scheduled within the next two weeks, you are welcome to call it a furlough if you choose.

More information to come.

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