May 22, 2009

Detention for San Diego Union-Tribune employees

The new owners of the San Diego Union-Tribune have come up with a novel way to keep employees from wooing away their coworkers to the competition.

Voice of San Diego (one of the paper's chief competitors) reports that Union-Tribune owner Platinum Equity will require all of its employees to sign a contract that bars them from recruiting fellow workers, or those who left the paper within the last six months, to work for a competing outlet.

In exchange for signing the contract, the company promises to give the employees employment.

Given the fact the company is laying off 192 staffers today, U-T employees must be thinking of moving on. But I'm not sure why the paper would want to make those who remain feel trapped by putting a virtual chain on the door.

(VofSD via Romenesko)

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