As expected, guild reps protested the decision. From Editor & Publisher:
"It is a mistake to cut pay right now when glimpses of recovery are starting to appear," said Carl Hall, local representative for the California Media Workers Guild, which oversees the East Bay guild unit. "They should be rewarding and encouraging us to work harder than ever. People are feeling devalued."In June, employees at the Singleton-owned San Jose Mercury News saw their wages cut by 7 percent. Singleton used furloughs and vacation freezes to trim newsroom costs at his Southern California newspaper.
But Jim Janiga, senior vice president/human resources for the Media News Group California division, said the cuts are needed. "The newspaper industry as a whole is still having to deal with this transition," he stated. "We've still got to be reasonable and prudent."