Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Stealing from employees

The Enquirer has set the mileage rate for the quarter:
From: xxxx, xxxx On Behalf Of Buchanan, Margaret
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:10 AM
To: Cincinnati-All1
Subject: Gas Mileage Reimbursement

In August, 2005, we implemented a new gas mileage reimbursement plan for our non-represented employees. The plan is based on a sliding scale tied to gas prices in this market. We indicated we would review the rate at the end of each quarter and make changes, if necessary, at the beginning of January, April, July and October of each year.

Therefore, in keeping with this plan, and based on the "average local price index" for unleaded gas over the last three months

(see information at, we have determined that gas mileage reimbursement will remain at the rate of

33 cents per mile for all business miles driven, effective March 31, 2008.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dave Wuertemberger in Finance or Keith Bulling in HR.

Margaret Buchanan

See how they misspelled ""?

The rate of 33 cents a mile is worse than a joke; it's immoral. It means Gannett is subsidizing its business on the backs of employees. AAA says it costs 50.5 cents per mile to run a small sedan for 10,000 miles a year, or 37.4 cents at 20,000 miles per year. This is calculated for a new car in 2006, when gas was about 40 cents a gallon cheaper than it is today. The AAA's average for all kinds of cars is 62.1 cents per mile at 10,000 miles per year, almost twice what the Enquirer is paying.

UPDATE: To further harrass employees and makes them feel more like inmates, Gannett has embarked on an audit to make sure your kids are your kids. To claim anyone on health insurance, employees will have to submit proof, "copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses, adoption records or other documents," according to a letter from corporate HR. Every time you think Gannett is soulless, that they've reached new depths of stinginess, they take it one step further. Gannettblog has been following this closely. Do Gannett execs honestly believe this will help save the news business?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe they have to cover anyone who is your legal dependent according to the IRS standards. A dependent is anyone who you paid more than half there support for at least half the year.
they might want to be careful here

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah after decades of covering my spouse I now have to prove we are married. Neither of us know where the heck the marriage license is let alone the marriage certificate ...

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the Gannett-owned paper in Rochester, NY, mileage reimbursement is 28 cents. And gas prices in NY state are always 10 to 20 cents more a gallon, due to higher state taxes. I hope those nickels and dimes the publishers are taking in on the backs of their workforces let them afford the slightly larger hot tubs for their summer homes.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We get 25 cents, a quarter, in East Brunswick.

11:30 PM  

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