Quebecor killing itself by abandoning quality local jobs and journalism

Quebecor killing itself by abandoning quality local jobs and journalism 
OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - CWA Canada is calling on Quebecor to stop its 
slash-and-burn, cost-cutting strategy and focus on quality local jobs and 
journalism to boost profits. 
Quebecor revealed today that it is cutting some 500 jobs at its Sun Media 
newspaper division, including the closure of production plants in Ottawa and 
Kingston. 
CWA Canada, the union that representsworkers at several Sun Media newspapers 
including the Kingston Whig-Standard, maintains thatcutting jobs is the 
wrong strategy and will only make things worse in the long run. 
"If we've learned anything over the last few years, it's that cutting jobs 
only hurts quality, and that does nothing to attract readers or generate 
revenue," said CWA Canada Director Martin O'Hanlon. "Quebecor should be 
investing in quality local jobs and journalism to win back disenchanted 
readers." 
"Quebecor talks a good story about its commitment to the communities it 
serves, but everything it does — from cutting local jobs to producing 
sub-standard local news — is bad for those communities." 
O'Hanlon noted that the job cuts carry a big personal and community toll. 
Hundreds of workers will soon be out of work, hurting them, their families and 
the communities in which they live and contribute. 
O'Hanlon suggested that Quebecor borrow a page from legendary investor Warren 
Buffett who is busy buying newspapers in the United States and committing to 
quality local journalism as the key to success. 
CWA Canada is the country's only media-specific union, representing over 6,000 
workers at companies such as the CBC, The Canadian Press, Reuters, and 
newspapers coast to coast. 
Martin O'Hanlon Director, CWA Canada (613)-820-8460 mohanlon@cwa-scacanada.ca 
SOURCE: CWA-SCA CANADA 
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