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2009-02-18 13:32:00

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG) announced today that it is implementing an employee furlough program in the face of an economy that continues to contract, causing the advertising market to further weaken. Employees will take a mandatory 10 days off according to a schedule that requires four days by the end of March and three days each in the Company's next two fiscal quarters, ending in June and September, respectively. Unionized and other...

2009-01-29 13:45:29

MediaNews Group has told 3,000 staff members at its California newspapers to take a one-week furlough or face possible layoffs. MediaNews sent an e-mail to staff members at 29 newspapers informing them of the directive, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday. Human Resources Vice President Charles Kamen said the company was following the example of Gannett Co., which issued the same directive to 3,100 employees recently. Union representative Sara Steffens said the company would have...

2008-12-21 21:57:45

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. Some company officials say the current economic crisis came on so suddenly they don't want to cut staff so much that they'd be understaffed if it recovered just as...

2008-09-25 15:00:37

United Airlines in Chicago said Thursday it canceled plans to furlough 1,550 flight attendants as voluntary departures had reduced staff numbers sufficiently. Employees opted for voluntary, unpaid leaves, which would allow them to keep their seniority ranking, healthcare insurance and travel benefits, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday. The planned furloughs were part of a United plan to reduce 7,000 jobs and reduce its fleet by 20 percent as a reaction to rising fuel costs, the...

2008-09-25 03:00:21

CHICAGO - Enough United Airlines flight attendants have volunteered for furloughs, making involuntary cuts unnecessary, the carrier said on Wednesday. United aimed to shrink the cabin staff by 1,550, and all those spots were filled by volunteers who will keep benefits such as medical and free travel, according to a message from Alex Marren, a senior vice president. The furloughs begin Nov. 1. Like other carriers, United has been shrinking the amount of flying it does in an effort to charge...

2008-09-09 18:00:22

HOUSTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The union representing Continental Airlines pilots, Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l., today announced that its efforts, along with the participation of pilots who took part in the programs outlined in a negotiated agreement with Continental, were successful in saving the jobs of 326 Continental Airlines pilots who otherwise would have been furloughed. The announcement comes as Continental furloughs 148 pilots, beginning today. Captain Jay...

2008-08-15 00:00:27

By Chris Walsh United Airlines will eliminate 272 baggage handlers in Denver as part of the 7,000 jobs it plans to cut across its system. The carrier informed affected workers over the past week, telling the final group on Wednesday. The cuts, which take effect Sept. 7, represent about 6 percent of its local employee base. "This is a difficult but necessary step as a result of continued high fuel costs," said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. The reductions come on top of 150 local...

2008-08-01 15:00:37

The Allied Pilots Association, certified collective bargaining agent for the 12,000 pilots of American Airlines (NYSE: AMR), filed a complaint today in district court in Washington, D.C. for approval to advise its pilots of their right to forego voluntary overtime in order to mitigate furloughs. The carrier's management announced on July 15 that up to 200 pilot furloughs may commence in October. American Airlines already has 1,970 pilots on furlough. "We are committed to using legal...

2008-07-14 03:00:26

United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists have come to an agreement on an opportunity for eligible customer service and ramp employees to voluntarily separate from the company. The program will be available for up to 400 customer service and ramp employees. Employees who are at least 45 years old and have at least 15 years of service with the company as of September 7, 2008, will be eligible to participate. The participants will be entitled to severance payments...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By MARY SCHLANGENSTEIN, BLOOMBERG NEWS HOUSTON Continental Airlines Inc. and its pilots union have agreed on retirement incentives and other options to help trim the number of furloughs as the carrier cuts 3,000 jobs amid soaring jet fuel prices. The plan also includes leaves of absence and scheduling modifications, Amy Flanagan, a spokeswoman for Continental's 5,100- member chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, said Tuesday. Pilots were being briefed starting Tuesday, she said,...


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