TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Unionized employees at Sun Media
newspapers in Ontario are today reeling over the news that the media
corporation is cutting 500 jobs across the country, affecting both
union and non-union employees.
"This is a terrible day for quality journalism and good paying media
jobs in Canada," said Paul Morse, president of CEP Local 87-M, Southern
Ontario News Media Guild.
"Once you kill what makes a newspaper valuable to its community by
getting rid of too many of the people who help produce the quality
product, you lose your audience, possibly forever."
SONG represents over 600 members at 13 Sun Media newspapers across
Ontario, including The Toronto Sun, Belleville Intelligencer, Chatham
Daily News, Brantford Expositor, London Free Press, Niagara Falls
Review, Ottawa Sun, Owen Sound Sun Times, Pembroke Observer, St.
Catharines Standard, Sarnia Observer, Simcoe Reformer and Stratford
"We recognize that newspapers face some economic challenges, but
wholesale gutting of news organizations is not the way to position
themselves for the future," Morse said.
"Dramatic downsizing is not the tool to use if newspapers want to
transition into the local or national multimedia powerhouses they need
CEP Local 87-M represents over 3,000 media workers at 35 workplaces
across Ontario, including The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Metroland,
Ottawa Citizen, NOW Magazine and Macleans.
SOURCE: Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (CEP Local 87-M)
For further information:
Paul Morse, President, Local 87-M