Journal/Peladeau settle two year lockout

Locked out in Jan. 2009 by Quebecor, journalists at the Journal de Montreal finally settled a deal last night (Feb. 26) that will see 61 keep their job, out of 253 locked out. The rest get severance. So, once again a mogul decides to cut costs by cutting staff in a newspaper newsroom. Admittedly, the union had a good contract, which is what unions are supposed to do. Still, here’s another example of a wealthy corporation, buoyed by cable monopolies, cutting costs for the sake of costcutting instead of worrying about the journalistic quality of the product they’re producing. Well, guess it’s not for nothing that Peladeau bought the Sun chain, which is losing readers dramatically as its understaffed newsrooms recycle QMI stories instead of create their own.

Montreal Gazette, Feb. 27 20111

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