» Jan. 16 strike vote
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
- 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
- Layoffs threatened -- another big reason to be in the main agreement.
- We are co-ordinating our bargaining with both the photo engravers (CEP
local 591G) and the electricians (IBEW). They are facing the same issues.
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)