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WaPo Announces Major Changes to Nonunion Employee Retirement Plans

The Washington Post Tuesday announced that it would “eliminate future retirement medical benefits and freeze defined-benefit pensions for nonunion employees,” WaPo’s Steven Mufson reports. The media company also plans to pursue the same for its union employees.

Mufson writes:

“The changes will hit hardest at employees hired before 2009 who could plan on receiving pension payments based on their income and years of service. Each of those employees could see scores — or hundreds — of thousands of dollars less over the course of a retirement. More recent hires do not have traditional pension plans.”

“The Post will create a new cash balance plan to replace the pensions for nonunion employees and a separate but similar plan for those covered by the union. Those plans provide employees with a lump sum or annuity when they retire. But they do not guarantee a particular level of retirement payments, thus reducing the risk that Bezos would have to add money to the pension if financial markets plunged.”

For more, click on over to The Washington Post.

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WaPo’s Marty Baron Hangs Up on Evan Gahr, Later Apologizes

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Our resident phone enthusiast and freelance investigative journalist Evan Gahr remains fierce in his pursuit to get WaPo to say why they won’t cover a race and age discrimination lawsuit brought against them by a sales employee.

On Tuesday he phoned the Grand Poobah over at WaPo: Executive Editor Marty Baron.

And guess what happened? Surprise! Baron hung up on him. Read more

Mocking Newsbusters’ Gasbag Tim Graham

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Considering the difference between “highfalutin” and  “flatulence” once stumped NewsbustersTim Graham, media director for the conservative Media Research Center, it’s not that surprising that “mocking” would also be perplexing for him.

(Hey Tim, in case it wasn’t obvious, we’re officially mocking you.) Read more

Hey Mufson, Don’t Pick Up Your Phone!

ringingphoneWashington investigative freelancer Evan Gahr, an avid phone enthusiast, is like a dog with a bone at this point about that internal WaPo lawsuit involving a sales employee who is accusing the paper of race and age discrimination. Gahr is incensed that they won’t run the story on their pages. He surmises that the company lawyer doesn’t think it’d be wise for employees to discuss it with him. But he can’t, won’t leave it alone.

Might WaPo consider installing a Caller ID?

If few others appreciate it, reporter Steven Mufson might.

Gahr posted his latest phone call with Mufson. We reported on a previous call last week.

According to Gahr, the conversation went something like this. The exchange is actually pretty fascinating… Read more

Brring! Brring! D.C.’s Phone Enthusiast is Still at It

ringingphoneWashington D.C. investigative freelancer Evan Gahr is still at it. As in, he’s still trying to figure out why WaPo won’t cover a lawsuit brought forth by a WaPo sales employing citing race and age discrimination.

As we’ve reported, Gahr has called a number of Washington Post reporters and editors and has been hung up on numerous times as well as blocked on Twitter. Gahr seems to relish in the hangups in an amusing sort of way. One point he raises is an interesting one … if it’s a front page story when the EEOC sues BMW for race discrimination why isn’t this a story? On the other hand, it’s perfectly reasonable that a news organization would not want screw up an internal legal matter by writing about it. Probably not that tough of a call for WaPo execs, but Gahr is still incensed that they don’t appear to be taking it more seriously by slapping the matter in its news or media sections.

Yesterday Gahr spoke with WaPo‘s Steven Mufson, who covers energy and financial news, and thinks he may have made some headway with him. We’ve requested comment from Mufson on the matter.

See Gahr’s version of the conversation.

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