August 5th, 2009 | by Story Forum Editor News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Business

More Tough News For Oregonian Staffers (UPDATED with developments at other Newhouse papers)

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The latest piece of bad news landed today in The Oregonian's newsroom.

The grim details on top of past rounds of bad news at the daily:

—the paper's lifetime guarantee of employment for full-time staffers will go away;

—staffers must take an additional six furlough days;

—and staffers will pick up a quarter of their health insurance premiums.

Of course, few papers are immune to cost-cutting measures these days. But these steps at The Oregonian on top of all its previous cost-cutting moves show just how dire things are in some places.

UPDATE: Today's news is not confined to The O — newsrooms at all the Newhouse papers are hearing about the upcoming loss of the "no layoffs pledge."
 
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