Gannett to Furlough Newspaper Workers in Iowa

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By Becky Ogann

DES MOINES (AP) - The Gannett Co. says it is requiring about 800 full- and part-time employees at The Des Moines Register, Iowa City Press-Citizen and the Register's weekly papers to take a week off without pay.

Gannett, the nation's largest newspaper company, announced the plan Wednesday for all its employees, saying the furloughs must occur in the first quarter.

Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of the Register, says the furlough will allow Gannett to avoid layoffs while assessing economic trends.

Union-representative workers are not affected, but the company will ask the union to accept the furloughs.

In December, Gannett cut about 10 percent of its workforce. The Register laid off 41 employees and left 15 vacant positions unfilled.

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