Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lockouts and Layoffs Devastating Canada’s Media World

Editorial employees at Montreal's The Gazette, the city's only English-language daily, overwhelmingly rejected the company's latest contract offer on Sunday, and while the union doesn’t plan to use its legal mandate to strike, a lockout by management looms as a possibility.

A day earlier, management at the Journal de Montréal, North America’s most widely read French-language newspaper and Montreal's most widely read newspaper overall, locked out its editorial and office employees in a dispute over salary, benefits and media convergence.

A drop in ad dollars due to the economic downturn has caused The Globe and Mail is plan to reduce its work force by about 10% through voluntary buyouts, and possible layoffs, with plans to cut between 80 and 90 jobs.

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