TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The union representing most Sun Media
employees in Ontario is urging the employer to encourage voluntary
buyouts instead of layoffs in its recently-announced downsizing of 200
Sun Media announced today that it is cutting 200 positions across
Canada, including 18 unionized positions at various newspapers
represented by Unifor Local 87-M in Ontario.
Although plans may change, the downsizing was expected to affect the
Toronto Sun, London Free Press, Belleville Intelligencer, Chatham Daily
News, Sarnia Observer, Stratford Beacon-Herald, Brantford Expositor,
Owen Sound Sun-Times, St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara Falls
"The timing of this announcement, coming just three weeks before
Christmas, couldn't have been worse," said Paul Morse, president of
Unifor Local 87-M. "Our sympathies go out to members who will have the
threat of layoff hanging over their head this holiday season."
Morse urged the company to open its wallet to give employees the
incentive, and the means, to leave voluntarily, perhaps allowing them
to retire early or to start a new career, thereby saving the jobs of
employees who wish to remain.
Morse also expressed concern for the morale and working conditions of
employees going forward. In many instances, only one or two people are
being cut at a particular newspaper but staffing has already been cut
to the point where the loss of two jobs has a major impact, he said.
Unifor Local 87‐M, also known as the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild,
represents 2,600 unionized media employees in Ontario, including
employees at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Metroland and the
SOURCE: Unifor Local 87-M
For further information:
Paul Morse, 905-536-5650