Portland Press Herald: 61 *

Posted 09.19.11 • 2011 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: MaineToday Media Inc.
Announced: Sept. 14, 2011 Oct. 14, 2011

“About 40″ employees will be laid off. The Portland Newspaper Guild said that represents about 15 percent of the paper’s employees. Press Herald Editor and Publisher Richard Connor said the paper is “feeling the effect of the economy like everyone else.”
Source: Forbes

Update: Twenty-three full- and part-time employees accepted a buyout offer; another 38 full- and part-time employees will be laid off by the end of October. The majority of the layoffs and buyouts are from the newsroom. MaineToday CEO Richard L. Connor blamed the economy: “Our business is inextricably tied to the national economy so, like other companies, we’ve had to confront declining revenue with a downsizing of the workforce,” he said in a prepared statement. “Nevertheless, it is difficult to part with talented and loyal employees, some of whom have contributed many years of service to our company, and none of whom is responsible for the economic conditions in which we operate.” (10.14.11)
Source: Kennebec Journal

Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal: 40 *

Posted 02.25.10 • 2010 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Augusta and Waterville, Maine
Owner: MaineToday Media Inc.
Effective: Mid-March 2010

An unknown number of employees will be laid off; employees have until March 5 to volunteer. “Business needs in our company are such that we must eliminate certain positions and re-organize,” editor/publisher Richard Connor said in a Feb. 22 memo to the staff. Connor, who bought the company in June 2009, has repeatedly said the company is profitable.

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Source: Down East

Update: 40 employees will be laid off at the three papers. (03.01.10)
Source: Paper Cuts tip

Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel: 57

Posted 10.25.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Augusta and Waterville, Maine
Owner: MaineToday Media Inc.
Effective: Sept. 8, 2009

57 employees accepted buyout offers.
Sources: Portland Newspaper Guild via Paper Cuts tip

Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel: 31 *

Posted 08.05.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Augusta and Waterville, Maine
Owner: MaineToday Media Inc.
Effective: June 8, 2009

22 non-union employees were laid off.
31 employees were laid off.
Sources: Maine Biz; Paper Cuts tip

Portland Press Herald: Unknown

Posted 06.30.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: MaineToday Media Inc.
Announced: June 16, 2009

The new owner says up to 100 employees will be laid off.
Source: The Maine Public Broadcasting Network

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Portland Press Herald: 31

Posted 06.30.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: MaineToday Media Inc.
Effective: June 15, 2009

31 nonunion employee were laid off when the sale of the paper was finalized. Additional layoffs are expected.
Source: The Maine Public Broadcasting Network

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Portland Press Herald: Unknown

Posted 05.29.09 • 2009 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: The Seattle Times Co.
Effective: Mid-June 2009

“Significant layoffs” are expected, most through buyouts. The Portland Newspaper Guild voted to accept a 10 percent pay cut, a two-year wage freeze, suspension of company contributions to 401(k) and pension plans, and layoffs. The union will get a 15 percent ownership in the new company and two seats on the board of directors.
Source: Mainebiz

Portland Press Herald: Unknown

Posted 08.06.08 • 2008 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: The Seattle Times Co.
Date: July 18, 2008
Updated: Aug. 6, 2008

Two union employees and an unknown number of managers were laid off.
Source: Portland Press Herald via Fading to Black; Portland Press Herald

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Portland Press Herald: 36 *

Posted 06.27.08 • 2008 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: The Seattle Times Co.
Date: June 2, 2008
Updated: June 26, 2008

The paper will close four bureaus and cut 36 jobs: 25 through buyouts, six through layoffs. Five vacant positions will not be filled.
Source: Associated Press/The Providence Journal; SeattleTimes via Fading to Black

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Portland Press Herald: 27

Posted 04.11.08 • 2008 layoffs, Paper Cuts

Portland, Maine
Owner: The Seattle Times Co.
Date: March 12, 2008

The Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram cut 27 positions, including 15 layoffs.
Source: MaineToday.com

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