NEW EMPLOYEE FURLOUGHS ANNOUNCED AT KC STAR

JohnLandsberg
January 22nd, 2013
Mi-Ai Parrish

It may be a new year, but things haven’t changed much at the struggling Kansas City Star.

Coming off a poorly handled layoff to close out 2012, the Star is now starting off 2013 with an announcement of one-week employee furloughs.

In an employee memo (below) obtained exclusively by Bottom Line Communications, Star President and Publisher Mi-Ai Parrish noted that revenue projections “continue to track below prior year.”

Because of this situation she has ordered another round of furloughs at the McClatchy-owned newspaper, which has gone through this drill now for years.

All senior team members and most full-time employees are required to take a one-week furlough by June 30.

The constant layoffs and furloughs make it seem as if the newspaper’s earlier promise of hiring a second sports columnist is all but a pipedream now.

Mi-Ai Parrish Memo 1-22-13 (click this link and the next link to see memo)

6 Responses

  1. Jip says:

    TREATING LIKE GARBAGE
    At one point do you realize that your company is treating you like garbage and other companies won’t do this to you? The newspaper industry has a romantic connection to a lot of these people but it’s not worth it. Get out.

  2. BillthePainter says:

    LOOK FOR NEW JOB
    Maybe they can use that time to find another job. Time to change the business model?

  3. Former Star Employee says:

    TIME TO CHANGE SENIOR TEAM?
    If the senior team can’t make the revenue numbers or the previous year’s revenue numbers year after year, isn’t it time to change the senior team members in the advertising department?

  4. Scott Simon says:

    PARRISH’S JOB
    How does this woman still have a job? It’s her job to increase revenue. Don’t do it, see the door.

  5. Zack says:

    LIBERAL IDEOLOGY
    As long as McClatchy is wedded to a liberal ideology that won’t sell in KC, the Star will continue its decline.

  6. Rick Nichols says:

    “VACATION” TO “FURLOUGH”
    I understand that the spell check system in The Star’s computers no longer recognizes the word “vacation” when it sees it and instead suggests that the user try a different word. The first option normally suggested is, of course, the word “furlough”.

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