Jan. 14, 2008


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  • In your own Neighbourhood

    Something for everybody
    We've already told you (Bulletin #13) about the nastiness the company hopes to impose on the Editorial department. That no-specialist, wide-open freelance agenda will cripple our ability to live up to the Atkinson Principles and will do serious damage to the precious Star brand.

    But nobody is immune; all of us are in grave danger. Here's a nutshell version of what the company wants to do to our other departments:


    • The company insists it has the right to allow cross-selling -- allowing non- Star sales people and agencies to sell Star product ads. This would undermine job security across the department.
    • No more company cars. This would force affected staff to pay for their own business-use insurance, at thousands more a year. We were told by the company that this move will save the Star exactly $7 -- yes, seven bucks -- per vehicle annually.
    • No more Guild observer to ensure fairness in the job interview process.
    • Eliminate training positions for staff trying to move up.
    • Job postings and interviews would be allowed outside the company at the same time as the process begins inside, making it more difficult for staffers to improve their position.
    • Outside job seekers deemed the "best qualified" by the company could leapfrog over qualified staffers for that job. Seniority wouldn't matter.
    • The company wants to "raise the bar" with a sharply higher points threshold in job competitions.
    • We still have no confidence that company commission sales targets are attainable, which hurts commission staff and the paper's revenues.


    • Forced reclassification of all jobs -- including ad builders, electronic imagers, photo engravers and copy processors -- into one new job called pre-publishing technician.
    • New job would require all staffers to be capable of doing all previous jobs, including work now done by non-union employees.
    • Training programs and details would be decided by the company.
    • An end to favourable job-scheduling rules in several areas.
    • Loss of jurisdiction language by photo engravers.
    • The proposed loss of Sunday pay and double time, plus cheaper overtime rates and other changes, would hit this department hard.
    • Forced rotation through zone offices and 1 Yonge in the same week.


    • A loss of company cars hits this group hard, particularly in new self-paid vehicle insurance costs and 407 transponder costs.
    • The proposed gutted shift premiums, OT, night differential changes and end to Sunday pay will mean a rise in non-social hours and lost income.


    • New hires would be paid as little as half that of existing staff, devaluing their work and tempting the company even more to get rid of them.
    • The proposed gutted shift premiums, OT and end to Sunday pay will mean a rise in non-social hours and lost income, particularly given the monthly cycles of the department.


    • Company rejects our proposal to merge this 11-person department with the rest of us in the main contract. (They now have a separate, less-valuable agreement.)
    • Layoffs threatened -- another big reason to be in the main agreement.

    Electricians, engravers

    • We are co-ordinating our bargaining with both the photo engravers (CEP local 591G) and the electricians (IBEW). They are facing the same issues.

    Strike vote
    Calling all members: Our strike vote meeting begins Wed. Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Westin Harbour Castle, across the street from 1 Yonge.

    Guild Bargaining Committee
    Unit Chair: Maureen Dawson
    Editorial: Dan Smith and Valerie Hauch (alternate)
    Circulation: Steve Gjorkes and Jeff Bodrucky (alternate)
    Finance: Cathie Nichols and Dawn Armstrong (alternate)
    Advertising: Elizabeth Marzari and Dijana Maderic (alternate)
    Thestar.com: Craig Wattie and Tony Camara (alternate)
    Pre-Press: Lester Veszlenyi and Lorraine Wohlgemuth (alternate)