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New memo from Westchester's Fisch

Gannettoid.com | news@gannettoid.com | Posted: Aug. 13, 2009 • Afternoon report

Westchester Journal News publisher Michael Fisch sent the following memo Thursday to employees to further discuss the paper's current restructuring (detailed here).

Here is the memo:

From: Michael Fisch, Journal News president and publisher
Subject: A reminder and clarification

Many of you have already processed your application for the position or positions you are interested and you've been assigned an interview time.

For those of you who have not we want to remind you that you need to process your application by 5 p.m. tomorrow so we can schedule an interview.

If you have any questions please see a representative in Human Resources. They are open until 8 p.m. this evening.

There have been several questions regarding the transitional pay plan, which we wanted to clarify. If you decide that you do not wish to go through the application and interviewing process and decide to leave the company on August 28th you will receive the TPP package.

Details of that package are available in Human Resources. We are seeking clarification on another question regarding this package. That question is whether you would receive the TPP package if you were offered a position but did not accept it. We hope to have that clarified tomorrow.

We've also received a number of questions regarding the job postings on Career Builder. We realize that all the jobs are posted in an open posting environment on the Career Builder site, allowing individuals outside Westchester to process applications. We cannot close those postings due to the structure of the Career Builder site. We did say yesterday, and we want to repeat that current employees who are on staff now in Westchester have priority and preference for these job postings. The only other group who has preference for these positions are the few employees in Poughkeepsie who are eligible to apply for the combined Universal Desk positions.

There have also been questions regarding job grades and grade ranges. Yesterday we said that in most cases the compensation would remain the same as similar level jobs in the old structure. We also said if you were a managerial employee who lost your position in the restructure and you were seeking a lower level position your compensation would likely be less. Conversely we said that if you were to apply and be accepted for a higher level position you could logically expect more compensation. This has not changed. We expect that we will be able to verify job grades for specific positions late morning tomorrow and Human Resources will be able to review grade salary ranges as well. We will notify you when these are available.

Thank you


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