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robbie_dee
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posted 08 May 2004 12:10 AM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Reporters, photographers and other editorial staff at the Toronto Sun voted 90 per cent in favour of strike action today if an agreement on a first contract with the newspaper cannot reached by midnight Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the 150-member Local 87M of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada said 135 ballots had been cast, 122 in favour of giving the union a strike mandate.

Brad Honywill, chairman of the union's bargaining unit, called it a "stunning" vote of support.

"It's just a tremendous vote of confidence in the bargaining committee," said Honywill, an assistant city editor at the newspaper.

"It's also a condemnation of the current situation at the Toronto Sun. People have been upset for years with conditions at the Toronto Sun, particularly since Quebecor took us over five years ago."

Sun officials were not immediately available for comment.


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BLAKE 3:16
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posted 08 May 2004 03:44 PM      Profile for BLAKE 3:16     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is totally fascinating terrain. The Sun's management could be in for a really heavy duty surprise.
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robbie_dee
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posted 08 May 2004 04:09 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For those here not familiar with Ontario media, one of the fascinating dynamics is that the Toronto Sun was head cheerleader for Mike Harris and the antiunion PC government for the past eight years.

The paper clearly styled itself as a right-wing "working man's" populist rag, right down to the semi-naked woman pictured daily on pg. 3, the expansive sports section and the hard-right "common sense" editorial content. I find it amazing that the staff have (1) organized a union, and (2) entered into such a tough collective bargaining struggle over just the past year or so. It creates quite the contradiction between the editorial mission of the paper's management, and the practical consequences of such politics that the writers are suddenly learning about. Interesting times at the Sun, for sure.

Anyone know if the National Post staff are unionized?

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beluga2
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posted 08 May 2004 07:11 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Sun sounds like the Vancouver Province, another pathetic rag geared towards mobilizing the "workin' folks" against their own interests.

I'm not surprised that staff at a right-wing paper would form a union, though. A paper's editorial slant, after all, is dictated from the top, and not necessarily shared by the grunts in the newsroom.


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No Yards
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posted 08 May 2004 07:16 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The NDP are the only party that are fully supporting the striker . . . strikers for a paper that would have all NDP members exiled from the country f they had their way.
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radiorahim
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posted 09 May 2004 12:50 AM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Newspaper Guild had made several organizing attempts at the Toronto Sun over the years. But while the Toronto Sun was living under the mythology of being the "little paper that grew", organizing drives were unsuccessful.

Now that Sun Media has been swallowed up by the Quebecor media conglomerate, times have changed at the Sun and the employees it would seem have decided they need a union.


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stell
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posted 10 May 2004 05:47 PM      Profile for stell     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Peter Kormos asked for a unanimous consent for MPPs to wear buttons in support of the soon-to-be-strikers in the House last week. Apparently even some Libs & Tories were wearing them!
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robbie_dee
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posted 13 May 2004 11:37 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Toronto Sun staffers approve 1st contract

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May 13, 2004, 09:08 PM

Toronto Sun staffers approve 1st contract

Editorial employees at the Toronto Sun have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a contract agreement reached earlier this week.

It is the first contract for the Sun employees, represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union's Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild.

The four-year deal, which covers about 150 reporters, editors, columnists, graphic artists, photographers and library staff, includes an average wage increase of 20 per cent over the life of the contract.

A typical reporter at the Sun earns about $60,000, Brad Honywill, an assistant city editor and chairman of the union bargaining committee, said today after the results of the vote were announced.

Honywill said 117 employees voted with 112 voting for the contract. There were four opposed and one spoiled ballot.

"It's a tremendous improvement in working conditions for Sun employees," he said.

The contract includes language ensuring job security and professional integrity for Sun reporters, Honywill said.

Current health and pension provisions were retained, he said.

More than two-thirds of employees voted in favour of union certification in January 2003.

The Toronto Sun is owned by Montreal-based Quebecor Media, which includes the Sun Media newspaper group, the Videotron cable company and the French-language TVA television broadcaster, as well as Internet, music and magazine interests.



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Geneva
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posted 14 May 2004 07:39 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
several posts above try to make a connection between the editorial slant/ market position of a newspaper and its editorial/production staff's political views

believe me, there is none


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faith
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posted 14 May 2004 11:26 AM      Profile for faith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When Hollinger owned the Pacific Press Sun and Province newspapers , the openly stated policy was to support "only free enterprise political parties in the newspaper" which they did with editorials and direct financial contributions and they still do.
During one of the last elections in BC one of the publishers of a group of weekly local rags openly interfered with the editorial policy of the group of papers and directed them to support only Liberal candidates . The interference caused 'concern' ( what a joke) in the television and major print media of BC but was quickly forgotten.
If one doesn't believe that the top down direction does not effect what you read in the paper , at least in BC , then you are not paying attention.

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Geneva
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if your comment above is directed to me, then you completely misunderstand my argument:
I am simply saying that the published editorial position of a newspaper may be, for example, way to the Right of centre, but that has no relation to the personal political /union views of the broad mass of reporters, printers, sub-editors, etc, who actually produce the paper

these people generally support the Newspaper Guild and are very critical of management's views, openly scoffing at its lead editorials, which they would never ever endorse once off company property and safely back at the local bar

signed, One Who Knows


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robbie_dee
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posted 14 May 2004 05:40 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Geneva:
if your comment above is directed to me, then you completely misunderstand my argument:
I am simply saying that the published editorial position of a newspaper may be, for example, way to the Right of centre, but that has no relation to the personal political /union views of the broad mass of reporters, printers, sub-editors, etc, who actually produce the paper

these people generally support the Newspaper Guild and are very critical of management's views, openly scoffing at its lead editorials, which they would never ever endorse once off company property and safely back at the local bar

signed, One Who Knows


True and I was overgeneralizing a bit when I suggested different.

On the other hand, the reporters' job (not to mention the opinion columnist) is still something different than making widgets, for example. They are writers, and the act of writing is by its nature self-expressive. You've got to have a some major cognitive dissonance going on if your job is to write things you disbelieve.


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Sara Mayo
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posted 14 May 2004 06:00 PM      Profile for Sara Mayo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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(not to mention the opinion columnist)

I doubt that the columnists are included in this barganing unit, or even unionized. If someone knows otherwise, set me straight.

What makes the Sun the Sun can be reduced to a few simple things: the Sunshine Girl, the columnists, the headlines (especially those on the cover), and the ledes of the stories. All of these things, except the columnists, are directly chosen or written by editors, who aren't unionized. The body of the regular articles all written by the unionized staff are pretty standard stuff, not particularly right-wing.


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