After a break from furloughs during the second half of the year, Gannett (NYSE: GCI) says that it will require its employees to take five days off without pay in Q1, according to a memo by Bob Dickey, president of the company’s U.S. Community Publishing unit (via Romenesko). Unlike the furloughs earlier this year, the mandatory unpaid leave is not companywide. Staffers at Gannett flagship USA Today, along with broadcast, are unaffected. Separately, however, USAT will cut 37 positions, according to AP.
The USAT layoffs affect 26 newsroom posts and 11 jobs at USA Weekend magazine. Nearly two months ago, the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ Fas-Fax survey showed that USAT experienced its worst paid circ drop off in 27 years. As a result the paper lost its spot as the number one daily in paid circ to the WSJ. The loss was attributed to the weak travel spending, as USAT has traditionally relied on automatic hotel deliveries to guests. On top of that poor travel market, the Marriott canceled many of its guest deliveries.
Last summer, McLean, Va.-based Gannett said it would cut 1,400 employees