WGBH cost-cutting measures include pay reductions, furloughs
In an effort to close a $3 million budget gap caused by a decline in support from donors, WGBH radio, television and multimedia employees are being asked to accept pay cuts, furloughs and other cost saving measures.
Jon Abbott, chief executive of the public broadcasting organization, sent a memo to staff earlier this week detailing the cutbacks, which are expected to start in May and stretch through the end of August.
They include a five percent pay cut for vice presidents and top management, and a temporary suspension of the company's match on retirement plans for some employees, which by itself is expected to save about $1 million.
In addition, a one week furlough for nonunion staff is expected to save about $500,000.
Despite the cutbacks, there could still be layoffs, said WGBH spokeswoman Jeanne Hopkins.
(By Erin Ailworth, Globe staff)