McLean, Va. – Publisher Gannett’s (NYSE: GCI) USA Today is requiring each of its
nearly 1,500 employees to take one week of unpaid leave between March and July
in response to continued weakness in publishing and media markets.
company is also extending a salary freeze announced last year for at least 90
"A furlough means no one will be permitted to work while on
furlough and no one will be exempt, except for business necessity," wrote
USA Today Publisher Dave Hunke.
"That means when you are on furlough,
there is no work, no office phone calls, no voice mail, no e-mail and no PDA
Hunke cited the continued downturn in national advertising
sales and paid circulation for the actions.