Steve Arnold wows with steel industry series
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Hamilton Spectator's senior business
reporter Steve Arnold has won this year's SONG Labour Journalism Award
for his compelling and comprehensive reportage on how foreign
domination has impacted Hamilton's steel industry and its workers.
"Mr. Arnold's work is painted on a wide canvas, taking the readers into
the inner worlds of multinational steel giants ArcelorMittal Dofasco
and U.S. Steel, and into the living rooms of steelworkers worried about
their pensions, job security and meaningful employment," said Paul
Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild.
"He writes with clarity and purpose, telling the workers' stories while
giving voice to the company as well."
Arnold's attention to detail is outstanding, Morse said. The business
journalist tracked down employees, former executives, politicians and
union representatives to create a full picture of the companies' roots
in the community and provide vivid insight into the ownership changes
and their impacts on labour relations.
"Steve Arnold is a shining light in business and labour reporting," said
Randy Kitt, national chair of Unifor's Media Industry Council. "His
steel series speaks to the realities of globalization on our national
"All four finalists for this award deserve acclaim," Kitt said. "Their
work underscores how much we need to maintain and promote strong,
professional and independent journalism in Canada."
Unifor is the new national super-union born of the merger of Canada's
two largest private-sector unions, the Canadian Auto Workers and the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. Unifor
represents 300,000 members in myriad sectors, including 15,000 media
workers coast to coast.
Local 87-M Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild has 3,000 members at 34
media outlets across Ontario, including CTV, The Globe and Mail, Sun
Media and Torstar.
SOURCE: Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (CEP Local 87-M)
For further information:
Media contact: Paul Morse, president, Unifor Local 87-M, cell 905-536-5650.