Star outsourcing memoStar outsourcing memo

Office of the PublisherDate: April 30, 2013 To: All Staff From: John Cruickshank Last month, the Star announced a proposal to outsource most page production and print design work currently performed in the Star’s newsroom. The Guild collective agreement outlines the union’s opportunity to present an alternative to company plans to outsource work, and the […]

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Star union comes back with offerStar union comes back with offer

Newsroom plan presented I Guild team gives publisher, company way to save money and avoid contracting out of page desk Plan would avoid most layoffs and save company 50% more than contracting out Guild leaders and editorial team of deskers today presented our plan to dramatically evolve newsroom production, retooling the newsroom as a true […]

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Indigo: Gift cards vs. cashIndigo: Gift cards vs. cash

Because I’m a loser, I read Indigo’s Q3 earnings and got all excited about their outstanding gift card balance that was somewhere around $63-million. Turns out if you add up all the different categories accountants use, it’s actually closer to $77-million on the balance sheet.  And because I’m an even bigger loser, I imported some of the balance […]

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Internal memo: Star union to employeesInternal memo: Star union to employees

Jan. 10, 2013 Down to business Tentative agreement on disputes process clears decks for main issues First day of full talks leaves focus on core concerns  After two days of preliminary meetings earlier this week, including a detailed financial briefing from the publisher and other senior Toronto Star executives, your bargaining committee has moved into formal negotiations on a new contract […]

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OpenFile freelancers unite, take up fight with site’s founderOpenFile freelancers unite, take up fight with site’s founder

Freelancers owed money by OpenFile fired off an open letter to site founder Wilf Dinnick Monday in response to an interview he gave to a journalism professor that was published on J-Source (more background from the Globe). They also set up a tumblr. As freelancers who put many hours of work into OpenFile’s growth over the past few years, we were […]

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