Quality journalism at risk, SONG president says
TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The union representing employees at Sun
Media across Ontario is stunned by a second round of large-scale
newspaper job cuts announced today that eliminates 360 jobs nationally,
less than one year after the Canadian media chain slashed 500 union and
non-union jobs last fall.
"This is another devastating blow to quality journalism in Canada," said
Paul Morse, president of Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (SONG),
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union Local 87-M.
"When a newspaper is gutted or even closed, it hurts more than just the
people working there. The whole community suffers."
Today's announced layoffs will affect as many as 15 SONG members,
including three are at the Brantford Expositor, five at the St.
Catharines Standard, five at the Toronto Sun, one at the London Free
Press, and one at the Ottawa Sun.
Media workers understand their industry is undergoing rapid
technological and economic change, Morse said. "But we also understand
that newspapers in the new era must be grounded in great journalism to
succeed. How can they do that if they get rid of everybody?"
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
The Local represents some 2,800 media workers at 34 workplaces across
Ontario, including The Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Metroland, Metro,
House of Commons, NOW Magazine and Macleans.
SOURCE: Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada
For further information:
Paul Morse, President,
Local 87-M Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild SONG