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Gazette, radio stations furlough workers

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Gazette Staff
June 2, 2009
— The Janesville Gazette and radio stations WCLO and WJVL are requiring full-time employees to take one week unpaid furloughs in the third quarter of 2009 because of the struggling economy and its continuing impact on revenues.

Bliss Communications owns the newspaper and the radio stations. The furloughs affect all but a handful of the company's full-time employees in Janesville.


"This is a prudent move at a time when businesses in all segments of the economy are being forced to make tough decisions to get through this downturn," said Sidney H. "Skip" Bliss, owner and CEO of Bliss Communications.


"We remain a strong company with a bright future," he said, "and we believe we're positioned for continued success when the economy rebounds."


Bliss noted the community's positive response to the Gazette's conversion to seven-day morning publication in April and continued growth of outside printing jobs at the company's state-of-the-art printing and distribution plant, which opened in 2007.


The company reduced its Janesville workforce from 174 to 158 employees in 2008 through layoffs and attrition. At that time, company officials said the slumping local economy had hurt advertising revenues.



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