In Advance of Layoffs, A.H. Belo Corp. to Reduce Salaries and Pension Contributions
|A.H. Belo president and CEO Robert Decherd|
Belo's also going to save $6 million, Decherd writes, by no longer funding after this year the A. H. Belo Pension Transition Supplement Plan. But "to cushion the impact of the wage cuts," he writes, employees will get an extra three personal days off per year. Also, notes Decherd in his letter:
If you are notified prior to June 30, 2009 that you will be impacted by the reduction in force currently underway, your severance will be calculated at your current base salary as of today's date. Our hope is to restore most or all of these cuts for impacted employees at some time in the future, as business conditions permit. ...
The cost-reduction initiatives we have implemented have real consequences and everyone is affected in some way. As conditions improve -- which they inevitably will -- we expect to look back at these steps as being painful but necessary for the long-term prosperity of our great Company. What we do everyday is special.