Unifor Local 87-M, SONG
May 6, 2014
Guild filing grievances over digital job postings, Page Editor layoffs
Union needs your help to campaign against second-tier digital wages
Most Page Editors doing identical work as Team Editor peers
Your Guild officials continue to meet with the company over the many issues that flow from digital jobs in the newsroom, the latest Editorial and Circulation layoffs and a potential new voluntary early retirement (VSP) program. We’ll keep at these efforts – we’ve had many hours of meetings, most recently yesterday – and hope for progress. Having said that, we aren’t prepared to stand aside while our company creates second-tier jobs in the newsroom that threaten every one of us — and damages the Star’s precious brand of quality journalism. We will not stand by as the company unfairly targets some of our colleagues for layoff. With your active decision-making and endorsement along the way, we will be campaigning with every tool we can muster to convince the company to change course. We have much work to do on our own, including some steps we’re already taking: •
Lord knows we need to dramatically up our digital game. But this abrupt company introduction of something we’ve never negotiated — a separation of print and digital journalism, with second-tier wages for digital — is a direct assault on our contract, union seniority and every assumption we’ve been working under for a decade-plus. Until now, we’ve always been told the challenge is to evolve from print-only to multi-platform journalism. We’ve embraced that challenge, and still do. Here’s our position: A journalist is a journalist. We are all digital reporters. We are all digital editors. This is not Rogers or the Huffington Post. This is the Toronto Star. This is thestar.com. And we’re damn proud to work here.