OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The 500 job losses at Sun Media newspaper
division underline the short-sighted strategies of a giant media company, says
the largest media union in the country.
"Dramatic downsizing is not the tool to use if newspapers want to transition
into the local or national multimedia powerhouses they need to become." said
Paul Morse, president of CEP Local 87-M, Southern Ontario News Media Guild.
"This is a terrible day for quality journalism and good paying media jobs in
Today, Sun Media announced downsizing in Québec and the closure of two
production facilities in Ottawa and Kingston.
"Once you kill what makes a newspaper valuable to its community by getting rid
of too many of those people who produce quality content, you lose your
audience, possibly forever." said CEP Vice-President Media, Peter Murdoch. "We
recognize that newspapers face some economic challenges, but wholesale gutting
of news organizations is not the way to position themselves for the future".
The Southern Ontario News Media Guild (SONG) represents over 600 members at 13
Sun Media newspapers across Ontario, including The Toronto Sun, Belleville
Intelligencer, Chatham DailyNews, 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 Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is the largest
union in several key sectors of Canada's economy, including forestry, energy,
telecommunications and media. The union's 120,000 members work at a wide
variety of jobs in hundreds of different workplaces across the country.
Paul Morse, Southern Ontario News Media Guild, CEP Local 87-M: (416) 461-2461
Peter Murdoch, CEP Vice-President Media: (905) 516-5720
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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