December 21, 2008
Businesses cut labor costs, save some jobs
Some U.S. businesses are cutting labor costs but saving jobs, using an array of approaches including cutting hours and freezing wages, The New York Times said.
Some employers are instituting four-day work weeks, unpaid leave and furloughs in hopes of avoiding layoffs, or at least limiting them, the newspaper reported Sunday.
Dell has workers on extended unpaid holiday leave, while Motorola has cut salaries and some Nevada casinos have implemented four-day workweeks, the Times said.
Pay cuts do not seem to be widespread the report said. Labor Department figures indicate the average hourly pay for about 80 percent of the work force grew by 3.7 percent last month from November 2007.
Other cost cutting measures being considered include mandatory holiday shutdowns and smaller company contributions to retirement and healthcare plans, the newspaper said.