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Pink slips for Journal Register employees — for now

By Leo Coleman
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Employees of the Journal Register Company, the parent company of The Saratogian, The Record of Troy, and the weekly Community News, received termination notices Wednesday as part of the pending sale of the entire company, which has been under bankruptcy protection.

“This does not mean there will be changes in the operation or staffing of The Saratogian, The Record, the Community News or other Journal Register Company properties,” says a story in Wednesday’s Saratogian by managing editor Barbara Lombardo.

She wrote that the changes, if any, will be up to the new owners.

“The notices sent to all Journal Register Company employees — from part-time staffers to managers to the executive team — are the next step in the company’s ongoing sale process,” said Jonathan Cooper, a media relations person for Digital First Media.

Digital First Media currently operates Journal Register Company and other media companies.
“Journal Register Company’s leadership team cannot speak on behalf of the new owner but has continually expressed to the purchaser that a competent and competitive workforce is critical to the company’s success moving forward,” Cooper told The Saratogian.

The termination notices were mailed to every employee in the company in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — commonly called the WARN Act — which requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor website.

In this case, once the sale is complete, the purchaser will contact current Journal Register Company employees about its staffing decisions. Journal Register Company officials said they hope to complete the sale on or about April 17.

 

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