Of course, Globe reporters would be all over any Joplin or regional business that laid off workers or ordered them to take unpaid furloughs. Don't blame the reporters though. This hypocritical policy comes directly from the top.
This passage was included in Editor & Publisher's article on the furloughs:
CNHI corporate executives declined to respond to requests for comment, but other sources within the company have confirmed the second five-day requirement, which affects all employees. The latest furlough must be taken some time during July, August and September.
"It is difficult because by then we are knee-deep in vacations," said Bob Grady, editor of The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh, N.Y. "We will get through it all right. People are giving us their lists of dates for the third quarter. It is tough because that is the preferred vacation season. It is also tough for people who are on the low pay scale."
During the first round of furloughs, Grady said the impact had been minimal, but noticeable: "We have had to bring some people in at time-and-a-half to cover a furlough day. But not enough that it does not make sense economically."