More work, same pay at New York Post

March 10, 2009

New York Post newsroom staff are grumbling about a new work rule that essentially pays them the same amount of money, but for more work.

Two sources told MediaFile that Rupert Murdoch’s daily tabloid has told reporters that their work week is now 40 hours long. That’s no big deal to most working stiffs, but that’s a change from the earlier 37-1/2 hours.

The upshot is that overtime pay, which once started as the clock struck 37-1/2, now doesn’t begin until 2-1/2 hours later. As many journalists know, it’s hard to break news on your beat unless you’re willing to put up with stories — and events — that happen at any time and don’t fit well into normal working hours. That said, journalists who don’t like this move say it amounts to a 6 percent pay cut because it’s more work for the same pay.

We’re still waiting to hear back from the Post. If you’re really ticked off, you could try quiet subversion — 30 minutes of checking Facebook each day adds up to 2-1/2 hours in one work week

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hey, if they don’t like it they can quit…also, on the ” quiet subversion “, they’re probably already doing that much more than 30 minutes per day.

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