Geoff Meggs elaborates on previous blog post about Vancouver Sun and Province
Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs has written another blog post about changes at the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers.
On the weekend, I wrote a post detailing Meggs's previous assertions about the extent of job reductions. (Meggs's wife, Jan O'Brien, is a former president of the union local that represents Vancouver Sun and Province editorial employees.)
Today, he writes that Province editor-in-chief Wayne Moriarty told him that his facts were wrong in the earlier blog post. And Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee claimed in a now-deleted post on the Vancouver Sun site that Meggs was "only partially correct".
"I offered Moriarty the opportunity to provide a reply for me to post unedited, but he has not yet done so," Meggs writes.
Then Meggs mentions a "correspondent with excellent access to the facts", who advised him of the following information [taken directly from the post]:
- about 70 mailers will lose their jobs when the company stops delivering flyers on July 15. Only 12 of them (regulars) will get relocation (severance) pay. The rest (subs) get no severance.
- two weeks ago everyone under Part A (the old Guild contract which covers newsrooms, sales, clerical etc.) was offered a buyout. There’s no telling how many will apply and who will ultimately leave. This will not be clear for at least another month.
- two weeks ago Postmedia announced that it was further centralizing editing functions for all its papers at its non-union Hamilton operation. This will mean that all non-local pages for all the Postmedia papers will be produced in Hamilton.
- a week ago the company gave the union six months notice under reorganization language that 35 positions in the two newsrooms would disappear. All but four of the people who hold these positions are guaranteed jobs going forward. The mostly likely job to be offered to those who stay is reporter, but the company could create new web positions etc.
- the library will be closed.
In his post, Meggs acknowledges the possibility that the changes could result in more reporters filing stories in the near term.
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