[JPL] WGBH says cuts, layoffs needed
steve_schwartz at wgbh.org
Sat Jul 25 08:01:47 EDT 2009
Terrible news about your job cut. It's rampant everywhere.
Here is an article from yesterday's Boston Globe. We're all looking behind us.
Let's hope for the best for all:
WGBH says cuts, layoffs needed
Officials at WGBH said yesterday that budget shortfalls will require major
budget cuts and layoffs.
WGBH spokeswoman Lucy Sholley said it is unknown how many employees
would be let go because the station is in negotiations with one of its major unions.
However, department heads were asked to cut their budgets as much as
8 percent to help make up an expected revenue shortfall of 12 percent in fiscal 2010, she said.
“We expect there will be layoffs,’’ Sholley said last night.
WGBH has been in talks with the Association of Employees of the
Educational Foundation, Local 1300 of the Communications Workers
of America, and has asked the union to approve a wage freeze and an
end to pension contributions. The concessions would save the station an
expected $1.3 million. Sholley said WGBH management agreed to the same
concessions in September of 2008.
Union officials said they would meet with station management next week
and added they had not seen any proposals. Last year after restructurings
and layoffs, more than 22 employees lost their jobs. “One of the things it
does affect is local programming, local production,’’ said union president
Jordan Weinstein, “to what extent we don’t know.’’
Three-hundred sixty of WGBH’s 900 employees belong to the union.
Sholley said the National Association of Broadcast and Engineering Technicians,
Local 18 of the Communications Workers of America, which also
represents station employees, has agreed to wage and pension concessions.
The cutbacks were announced yesterday in a memo to employees
from chief executive Jon Abbott. In the memo, Abbott said WGBH’s
income from members, major donors, corporations, and its endowment has shrunk.
Department heads were asked to reduce 5 percent of their budgets earlier this year.
In the memo, Abbott said he hoped bargaining would conclude by early to mid-August.
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