Union urges Sun Media to encourage buyouts over layoffs

TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The union representing most Sun Media employees 
in Ontario is urging the employer to encourage voluntary buyouts instead of 
layoffs in its recently-announcing downsizing of 200 jobs. 
Sun Media announced today that it is cutting 200 positions across Canada, 
including 18 unionized positions at various newspapers represented by Unifor 
Local 87-M in Ontario. 
Although plans may change, the downsizing was expected to affect the Toronto 
Sun, London Free Press, Belleville Intelligencer, Chatham Daily News, Sarnia 
Observer, Stratford Beacon-Herald, Brantford Expositor, Owen Sound Sun-Times, 
St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara Falls Review. 
"The timing of this announcement, coming just three weeks before Christmas, 
couldn't have been worse," said Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M. 
"Our sympathies go out to members who will have the threat of layoff hanging 
over their head this holiday season." 
Morse urged the company to open its wallet to give employees the incentive, 
and the means, to leave voluntarily, perhaps allowing them to retire early or 
to start a new career, thereby saving the jobs of employees who wish to remain. 
Morse also expressed concern for the morale and working conditions of 
employees going forward. In many instances, only one or two people are being 
cut at a particular newspaper but staffing has already been cut to the point 
where the loss of two jobs has a major impact, he said. 
Unifor Local 87‐M, also known as the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild, 
represents 2,600 unionized media employees in Ontario, including employees at 
the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Metroland and the Hamilton Spectator.

SOURCE  Unifor Local 87-M 
Paul Morse, 905-536-5650 
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