Toronto Star union denounces plan for largest outsourcing in Canadian newspaper history
Star tells employees of massive outsourcing of editing jobs: Local journalism at risk of falling to foreign-owned firm Move "betrays every principle" the Star stands for, union says
A further 60 jobs in the newspaper's pre-press area, including ad building and imaging technicians, are targeted for contracting out, the newspaper said. The paper has previously contracted out circulation jobs to
"It's bad enough that the Star is turning its back on its own Atkinson principles to shed loyal employees," said Star union head
"Journalism is a collaborative effort, the product of a team of reporters, photographers and editors working in concert to produce the kind of activist agenda that has served Star readers and our community so well for so long," continued Dawson. "To remove a critical element of that work is to shortchange everyone who depends on it."
Dawson is Star unit chair of the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild, a local of the Communications, Energy and Paperworks Union of
Noting the acute concern of Premier Dalton McGuinty, economists and others for the loss of creative knowledge-based jobs from
"We'll be proposing alternatives to this misguided plan, and we call on all who love and depend on the Star to urge its management and directors to do what's right, live up to its own Atkinson principles and protect these vital Canadian jobs," said Dawson.
"This isn't outsourcing, this is another example of one of our big media companies abandoning good-paying Canadian jobs," said
The Star was founded