All employees of MediaNews Group's California newspapers were told today they will be required to take a one-week, unpaid furlough between Feb. 1 and March 31. Salaried employees will be required to take the furlough all at once, non-salaried employees can take the time off one day at a time.
A copy of the memo sent to LANG's Inland Division of newspapers is here. I understand each publisher drafted an individual letter, although the information is basically the same in each.
Updated 3:07 p.m.: Romenesko posted a copy of the memo sent to Bay Area News Group employees.
The Associated Press says the furloughs will affect about 3,300 employees California-wide, adding that MediaNews is considering furloughs for its papers outside of California.
In related news, the union representing the Los Angeles Daily News and Long Beach Press-Telegram newsrooms put out a statement saying furloughs are still subject to negotiation for union members. A new union blog for the Daily News is tracking the issue as well.