Okay, so it’s not really a rumor but a funny. Or a saddy. Depending upon your point of view.
The new publisher is trying like hell to save face with his fancy social circle. So what’s he done? Made it mandatory for the press unit to show up 30 minutes early today to hear a Metro United Way presentation. (Though, this does seem to be a problem with printing and newsrooms across the Gannett world.)
We’ve been fans of MUW, as everyone knows quite well, but this is silly. Employees had no option to give up the 30 minutes of pay (i.e., donating it to MUW) and were not permitted to avoid their spiel.
Why the stunt to appear like a local newspaper is an ardent supporter of MUW? Why not give employees the option to support whatever charity they want? And why treat underlings poorly when they don’t want to support the charity you’re trying to force them to support?
No wonder morale continues to dive off a cliff.