If you recently pitched in to a Minnesota Public Radio pledge drive, rest assured your donation won’t go to higher staff salaries: The news/music behemoth instituted an indefinite employee pay freeze a couple of weeks ago, MPR communications manager Jennifer Haugh confirms.
Haugh insists MPR isn’t in trouble, but prudently limiting expenses in an economic headwind. The budget paradigm is keeping employment up rather than salaries. MPR has had some layoffs recently, though some grant-funded MPR initiatives are hiring. And if I get stray reports of new high-salaries managers coming on board, I’ll let you know.
Staffers with a fall salary review can’t be happy, though. (As a non-union shop, they’re at management’s mercy.) And no, I haven’t seen Bill Kling’s 1040 recently.