"Montreal's most popular daily newspaper locks out 253 employees"

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toddsschneider
"Montreal's most popular daily newspaper locks out 253 employees"

http://tinyurl.com/cxrsto

MONTREAL — Management at Montreal's most widely-read newspaper declared a lockout of its editorial and office employees early Saturday.

About 250 employees at the Journal de Montreal have been without a contract since Dec. 31.

President and editor-in-chief Lyne Robitaille said in Saturday's editorial that the current collective agreement prevents the paper from modernizing its business model, adding that the popularity of the Internet, free newspapers and 24-hour cable channels have severely reduced the daily tabloid's revenue ...

 

martin dufresne

There are also tense negotiations at angryphone stronghold The Montreal Gazette:

"Employees at the Montreal Gazette, the city's only English-language daily paper, are also threatening strike action.

They've been without a contract since last June and are voting Sunday on the latest offer." (CTV.CA)

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To:  Canwest Inc.

Montreal Gazette employees are fighting to preserve a vibrant English-language daily newspaper produced in Montreal to serve Montrealers.

The Gazette’s owners, Winnipeg-based Canwest Inc., are moving more and more of The Gazette’s editorial and customer-service operations out of the province of Quebec in violation of the employees’ collective agreements. Now, in contract negotiations, Canwest is demanding the removal of impediments to outsource any remaining work outside of Quebec in order to facilitate lay offs in Montreal.

These moves threaten to diminish Canada’s diversity of voices, whittle down local input and stifle The Gazette’s vital role of covering local news and reflecting Montrealers’ values, concerns and culture. The Gazette has been a proud Montreal institution since 1778 and its readers deserve better than Canwest’s plans to further downsize, centralize and outsource to maximize profits.

The newspaper is operated by Canwest, however it is the public that will ultimately decide whether it will tolerate a “local” newspaper produced elsewhere. Gazette staff are appealing to the Montreal community to tell Canwest to keep the “Montreal” in the Montreal Gazette.

Please sign this petition to express your disapproval with Canwest's plan.

panhead

What's with the lame repetition of the word angryphone? It's a disparaging term. There are a variety of epithets to suit francophone, but I don't see anyone using them here, so maybe you can learn to show the same respect. I understand that being a French Quebecer you might be accustomed to treating anglophones any damn way you please, but this is not Quebec, and you don't really want the rest of Canada to catch a glimpse of the disdain with which the few anglophones remaining in the province are treated with, do you?

martin dufresne

Hey, what's with using "lame" as a pejorative?

I am glad to report that a minute minority of Quebec Anglophones qualify as "angryphones", so this is not about the treatment of an ethnic group.

Unionist

Personally, I'm a happyphone.

panhead

 You refer to the sole English daily of Quebec as the 'angryphone stronghold', and since any anglophone that reads a newspaper in Quebec, will read the Gazette, the epithet obviously has a much larger target than your slippery defense of not offending an ethnic group and only taliking about a minute group of people.

You should take whatever Unionist is on and be a happyphone that gets along with his neighbours. Nobody likes an inferiority complex and sarcasm that only thinly veils hate.

Hoodeet

There is one variant of the originals that I would use, to describe resentful or hostile anglophones (francophobes) and francophones (anglophobes). 
Angryphones should be used selectively too, I'd say. And I agree that "lame" should no more be used than to "gyp" or to "jew", verbs we have learned not to use.

panhead

Well, I don't think your case against the word lame has a leg to stand on. It is not an ethnic or cultural reference, nor is it singularily used to describe an unfortunate physical condition.  Although, I think it should fit  nicely on the cover of the Politically Correct dictionary both as a noun and as a verb for the certain damage the contents of such a text will cause to humourless readers.

 

panhead

Try visiting any English establishment in and around the city and see if they don't have a copy of the Gazette lying around. It might not be the only paper anglophones read but it is definitely the only daily paper that represents their community and so enjoys a wide circulation in anglo areas like the West Island.

And since I went through university in the days of the referendum, playing with myself was the only way to alleviate the mind-fuck of studying liberal arts while trapped in a bizzaro world 'fatherland'.

Depend improved protection can cure any current issues you might be having with the slippery drivel you're posting at the moment.

martin dufresne

Somebody obviously was playing with himself during Logic 101.

"You refer to the sole English daily of Quebec as the 'angryphone stronghold', and since any anglophone that reads a newspaper in Quebec, will read the Gazette, the epithet obviously has a much larger target than your slippery defense."

Point A: Some Anglophones are able to read French (and therefore aware that the Mtl Gazette lies through its corporate teeth on many issues) so your first point is (BLAAAAT!) wrong.

Point B: If all elements of Class A (Angryphobes) are in Class B (readers of the Gazette), this doesn't mean that all elements of Class B are in Class A, so your second point - that my epithet applies to all Quebec Anglos - is (BLAAAAT!) wrong too.

Slippery...? you bet!Tongue out

martin dufresne

"Lying around", eh? That's my point.

Don't take you pseudo too seriously with your scatological humour, and push yourself really hard to understand my Point B. (I know you can do it...)

panhead

There was no humour intended. All Boffins might not be Flynns, and only some Flynns might be Duffins, but it doesn't change your scoffing remarks at an entire community that sees the publication as a voice, and often the only voice that will sound their concerns and experiences as a beleaguered identity.

Unionist

This is day one of the locked-out workers' website. Not much content yet, but I really like the slideshow:

[url=http://www.ruefrontenac.com]Rue Frontenac[/url]

 

lagatta

The French equivalent of "angryphone" is "nationaleux".

Angryphones are holders of a reactionary, bigoted outlook who would like to return to the glorious days of "speak white". It does not refer to people whose first language is English.

"Nationaleux" are extreme nationalists, and viewed as rather quétaine. Some are also bigoted against newcomers.

And one could be either without necessarily having English or French as his or her first language, as in the zeal of converts...

People who only read English, or who read English and another language but not French, have little choice but to read the Gazette. And some people may read it for utterly different reasons, such as coverage of specific topics. I don't share the editorial outlook of any bourgeois newspaper I read; it is not the fact that I may read La Paresse or the Glob and Pale that means I subscribe to their procapitalist and antilabour stance.

Panhead, who was pretending to be some kind of observer from above wanting to streamline levels of government, has outed himself as just another angryphone bigot who didn't want French shoved down his throat, pôvre petit.

By the way, this topic should be under labour, not in a regional forum. Quebecor has branches outside Québec (even in France; one was involved in a lockout or strike recently) and CanWest is obviously not based here - the issues involve any readers of the crappy mindfuck CanWest papers.

And thanks to Unionist for the Rue Frontenac blog! Hoping for content soon!

panhead

lagatta, you are obviously the authority on where and how to label people, groups and communities. No doubt, it's a level of expertise that can only be gained through many years of political involvement in Quebec where such definitions are absolutely necessary.

Unionist

Hey, how's viigan doing?

lagatta

Thank you, panhead. I've been involved in political and social activism here for more decades than I like to own up to. I've taken part in organising unions, co-ops, demonstrations, and a groundbreaking campaign for refugee women. Not all alone, obviously.

(I know he's being sarcastic, but will take it as a compliment anyway).

500_Apples

Martin,

If you read 2 or 3 articles from the Gazette in the past ten years then maybe you shouldn't disparage its readers in that manner.

martin dufresne

I see you are buying into the notion that I am disparaging all Gazette readers - or maybe even all Quebec anglophones? - by making the (obvious) point that it's an 'angryphobe' stronghold.

Do you really think I don't ever read it, or are you just grasping at the opportunity of an underhanded suggestion that I - and other Montreal Gazette critics - don't know what we're talking about?

500_Apples

martin dufresne wrote:

I see you are buying into the notion that I am disparaging all Gazette readers - or maybe even all Quebec anglophones? - by making the (obvious) point that it's an 'angryphobe' stronghold.

Do you really think I don't ever read it, or are you just grasping at the opportunity of an underhanded suggestion that I - and other Montreal Gazette critics - don't know what we're talking about?

...

Stop. Breathe. Relax. Think.

The Gazette barely covers language issues anymore, Howard Galganov and William Johnson are both no longer active. It doesn't make sense to describe it as an angryphone bastion if language issues are not even the top 20 issues it discusses by coverage.

The Suburban, from what I recall, was an angryphone bastion.

panhead

If anyone referred to Le Journal as the anglophobe and immigrant-phobe stronghold of the pure laine, I suspect Martin would be the first in line to sear bigot on his ass (unless lagatta already has the poker in the fire).

martin dufresne

"The Gazette barely covers language issues anymore..." So their broadside of a few weeks ago against the PQ for putting Pierre Curzi in charge of language issues was just for old time's sake, right?

lagatta

I have no trouble searing bigot on the arse of Le Journal de Montréal. It is a dreadful paper. Sexe sang sport et sensation, les 4 s.

Le Journal de Québec outdistances it in terms of anti "visible minority" bigotry, though - as usually happens in places where there are very few people of colour.

panhead

I see Martin. So any coverage or opinions that are against  an even stronger version of 101 must be the definite calling card of an angryphone bigot.  Criticism of the inalienable right of the majority to scapegoat minorities and anglophones is not to be tolerated, right?

Wear a scarf for the next blueshirt march, it's cold out there.

martin dufresne

"If anyone referred to Le Journal as the anglophobe and immigrant-phobe stronghold of the pure laine, I suspect Martin would be the first in line to sear bigot on his ass"

Actually if you looked closer, you'd find I am already giving the JournaldeMtl grief on a constant basis for their treatment of (real) minority groups.

panhead

Where does one fill out an application to be put on your list of 'real' minorities? Is it available in both official languages?

lagatta

And a majority group - les femmes. Though at least they don't have page 3 any more, or was it page 7?

Pierre Curzi is not pure laine. È cresciuto parlando italiano e francese a casa.

Oh, those puir scapegoated anglophones...

When I was talking about the bigotry of le Journal de Québec, I was referring above all to the stereotyping of Haitians and other Black people in their sensationalist reporting on an juvenile prostitution ring allegedly run by a Haitian street gang. Sure, if the street gang were involved, they should be targeted whatever their nationality but a) a lot of prominent businessmen and politicians who were overwhelmingly "pure laine" were involved as clients (think all of them were except for one suspect of Lebanese origin) and b) the sensationalist coverage was extremely harmful to the very small Black minority in Québec City - including a friend of mine who got constant grief from bigots at the time.

Problem is, in the case of Le Journal (de Montréal, de Québec) it is hard to sort out bigotry from simple sensationalism! And that is NOT a compliment.

panhead

Curzi is another local variety demagogue playing the pure laine fiddle for votes. In return, he struts as an elected representative while he lends the militant 101ers a multi-ethnic visage they can hide behind.

toddsschneider

Gazette employees reject contract offer

http://tinyurl.com/daabue

MONTREAL: ­ Unionized employees in the Editorial and Reader Sales and Services departments of the Montreal Gazette rejected the company’s latest contract offer on Sunday ...

The vote followed a recommendation from the Montreal Newspaper Guild that its members reject the offer ...

Management at The Gazette had no immediate comment and said they would have to examine the results before making any comment on Monday ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

lagatta

It is odd, in a thread about a labour conflict, to refer to a trade unionist who has played a significant role in cultural workers' fight for recognition and respect as a "local demagogue".

Contrary to the pinhead's allegations, Curzi is no monoethnic spokesperson, on the contrary! : Parallèlement à sa carrière d’acteur, il devient en 1998 et pour une durée de huit ans le président de l'Union des artistes, principal syndicat d'artistes de la scène, de la télévision et du cinéma au Québec. La même année, il fait la promotion de la diversité culturelle en occupant le poste de coprésident de la Coalition pour la diversité culturelle. Également, il occupe la vice-présidence de l'Association internationale des acteurs, de 2004 à 2007.

Work on Cultural Diversity Earns Pierre Curzi
Personality of the Year Nod for 2003
From Industry Publication

Coalition co-chair Pierre Curzi has been selected Personality of the Year by Ciné TV Multimédia, a Montreal based daily newsletter covering the audiovisual sector.

Curzi: Award for work on Cultural Diversity
In announcing the choice, Ciné TV Multimedia publisher Jean-Pierre Tadros highlighted the contribution Curzi has made through his work with the Coalition for Cultural Diversity calling it "a role that he has taken on with a determination and a passion that has earned our admiration…and if today we are underlining this contribution it is because the defense of cultural diversity strikes us quite simply to be essential to our cultural survival." (Our translation)

I'm not a PQ supporter, but there are political figures who are far more worthy of such a qualification (SuperMario & co.) - fortunately the wind is out of their sails now.

500_Apples

panhead wrote:

I see Martin. So any coverage or opinions that are against  an even stronger version of 101 must be the definite calling card of an angryphone bigot.  Criticism of the inalienable right of the majority to scapegoat minorities and anglophones is not to be tolerated, right?

Wear a scarf for the next blueshirt march, it's cold out there.

I think you've covered all the bases. Good post.

lagatta

500 apples, I didn't know you were an angryphone type. I always thought you were a progressive person. Bizarre.

500_Apples

lagatta wrote:
500 apples, I didn't know you were an angryphone type. I always thought you were a progressive person. Bizarre.

What?

1) My mother tongue is French.
2) I'm usually pretty happy.
3) I like Bill 101.

That said, if someone supports the rights of Francophone adults to chose what CEGEP they want to go to, or wants children in French schools to start learning English in grade 2 rather than grade 3, I'm not going to label them with a derogatory epithet.

toddsschneider

Selon lagatta: ... Contrary to the pinhead's allegations ... there are political figures who are far more worthy of such a qualification ... fortunately the wind is out of their sails now ...

From Wikipedia:

List of disability-related terms with negative connotations

http://tinyurl.com/azj4y4

Pinhead is a vulgar term denoting a person afflicted with the congenital deformity microcephaly. Microcephalics have been exhibited in freak shows billed as "human pinheads"; Zip the Pinhead was famously exhibited by P. T. Barnum for many years. Microcephalics are characterized by a small, tapering cranium and often, though not always, impaired mental faculty, which is the basis for the disparaging, ad hominem abusive, attribution of the term pinhead to others with whom the speaker disagrees or believes to be illogical.

 

lagatta

500 Apples, I don't see any evidence that Martin is in opposition to the ideas you have put forth. Martin is most known as a man who speaks out against sexism and male violence, and has been involved in many progressive mobilisations here over the years, against war, bigotry etc.

The problem is, someone (panhead) barrelled onto this site with a single-issue anti-francophone agenda, and I thought it was very bizarre that you would support someone who called martin a "blueshirt" - an odd epithet, but I guess it means a nationaleux "ultra" with thuggish fascist overtones - Raymond Villeneuve and his crew come to mind. Martin has absolutely nothing to do with those people.

They hate Québec Solidaire. Can't imagine they are particularly fond of pro-feminist men either.

martin dufresne

Famous last words: "He wore a... a... BLUE SHIRT! arrrghh..."

Unionist

Two out of three Gazette groups (editorial and sales) voted overwhelmingly today to reject the employer's offer. Classified (small group) voted in favour as expected. We'll see whether Canwest tries the lockout flavour of the month, or returns to the bargaining table.

500_Apples

lagatta wrote:
500 Apples, I don't see any evidence that Martin is in opposition to the ideas you have put forth. Martin is most known as a man who speaks out against sexism and male violence, and has been involved in many progressive mobilisations here over the years, against war, bigotry etc.

The problem is, someone (panhead) barrelled onto this site with a single-issue anti-francophone agenda, and I thought it was very bizarre that you would support someone who called martin a "blueshirt" - an odd epithet, but I guess it means a nationaleux "ultra" with thuggish fascist overtones - Raymond Villeneuve and his crew come to mind. Martin has absolutely nothing to do with those people.

They hate Québec Solidaire. Can't imagine they are particularly fond of pro-feminist men either.

I have not been a regular the past six months and I don't know what pinhead has been up to in general. Nor am I familiar with the term "blueshirt", but at this point I'll say I hope at some point in the future political vocabulary can transcend the rainbow, and by that I don't mean X-rays and radio waves.

lagatta

A lockout is certainly anticipated.

It is important, by the way for nobody to copy any text produced by scab labour or management during a strike and even more so during a lockout.

toddsschneider

Both sides willing to talk at Montreal Gazette

http://tinyurl.com/cmot2v

The union and management at Montreal's only English-language daily newspaper are willing to resume negotiations to resolve a long-standing labour dispute.

Workers at the Montreal Gazette are in a position to strike but both sides hope renewed negotiations will avert a work stoppage.

Management at the Canwest-owned newspaper met with union representatives Monday to try to resolve the dispute ...

toddsschneider

Locked-out Journal de Montreal employees vote in favour of strike

http://tinyurl.com/apsndy

MONTREAL — Locked-out employees at Le Journal de Montreal voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike Monday.

The strike mandate comes three days after Quebecor Media (TSX:QBR) locked out the tabloid's employees on Saturday morning.  Only one of the 207 employees casting a vote opted against a general strike.

Union president Raynald Leblanc said the strike vote is largely symbolic, since a lockout was already in place. Leblanc said if the company lifted the lockout tomorrow, unionized workers would be required to go back to work without a new collective agreement ...

toddsschneider

One needs few reasons to avoid reading le Journal.  Its anglophobic reporting bias is enough.

http://tinyurl.com/dea55l

A bas les journaleux!

lagatta

remember, there is a lot of coverage of Le Journal de Montréal lockout at the CSN website: http://www.csn.qc.ca/Communiques/CommJanv09/Comm24+25-01-09.html

La mobilisation s'amorce
Plus de 400 personnes manifestent

25 janvier 2009 — Les travailleuses et les travailleurs du Journal de Montréal ont participé à une première manifestation dimanche, au lendemain du lock-out décrété par Quebecor Media. En plus des membres de leurs familles, qui ont marché à leur côté, ils ont reçu l’appui solidaire de plusieurs syndicats, dont celui de l’information de La Presse (CSN) et celui du quotidien The Gazette, dont les membres venaient de rejeter les dernières offres patronales.

Des représentants de l’association de Québec Solidaire de la circonscription de Mercier ont également participé à la manifestation.

Demain, les 253 membres du Syndicat des travailleurs de l’information du Journal de Montréal, affilié à la Fédération nationale des communications (CSN), sont conviés à une assemblée générale où les demandes patronales seront soumises au vote. Un vote de mandat de grève sera également recherché. L’assemblée générale commencera lundi à midi, au Centre du Plateau, 2275, rue Saint-Joseph Est (angle Fullum).

Once again, this thread should be in labour (ou, à défaut, media). Both Quebecor and CanWest have repercussions far outside Québec.

toddsschneider

"Journal de Montréal labour hearing begins"

http://tinyurl.com/ckmhrh

Three months to the day after the Journal de Montréal lockout began, the Quebec labour board opened up a hearing on Friday morning into a complaint from the union.

The complaint has to do mainly with the newpaper’s use throughout the lockout of content provided by a news service known as Agence QMI.

The news service was created last fall by the Quebecor media giant in order to facilitate the sharing of editorial content between the various operating units of Quebecor Media. Those units include the 24 Heures commuter paper and the LCN cable channel. Other units include the Journal de Québec, the TVA television network, the ARGENT cable channel and the Sun Media chain of newspapers in English Canada ...


toddsschneider

lagatta wrote:
Problem is, in the case of Le Journal (de Montréal, de Québec) it is hard to sort out bigotry from simple sensationalism! And that is NOT a compliment.

No compliments warranted in this case.  No excuses, either. They are locked out, and free to produce what they like.  So why do they like this kind of yellow-bellied reportage?

Police Collude With Journalists to Target Montreal Hasids

http://nodogsoranglophones.blogspot.com/2009/05/police-collude-with-jour...

... When journalists and police work hand in hand, it becomes a news story in and of itself.
Doing investigative work in exchange for exclusive scoops crosses a journalistic line that needs to be exposed.

Rue Frontenac needs to apologize for the false inference that there was an 'arrest' made and needs to come clean about their 'pas de deux' with the police in targeting the Hasids.

Rue Frontenac opened the door to these questions. They could have said nothing about their sources, as in the second story by Mr. de Pierrebourg and let the public draw their own conclusions, but Valérie Dufour, who wrote the first story claimed that ;

"Une équipe de RueFrontenac.com, qui était dans le quartier par hasard",

If you believe that, you probably believe Mr. Mulroney's story ...

Bärlüer
toddsschneider

'Quebecor fires 9 at Journal de Montréal'

'Locked-out employees at the Journal de Montréal say recent firings won't hamper resolve on the picket lines, where they have languished for more than a year and a half because of a labour dispute with Quebecor.

'Pierre Karl Péladeau, Quebecor CEO, announced this week he was firing nine locked-out employees and suspending 115 others as a disciplinary measure for their actions on the picket line earlier this year.

'The employees in question have already been fined by a Quebec court for their behaviour, and the union that represents them is appealing that penalty, said Journal de Montréal columnist Pascal Filotto ...'

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/07/15/quebecor-fires-locked-out-workers-at-journal.html#ixzz0u3gQcDpo

Unionist

Thanks for posting this, todd. The stamina of the locked-out workers is little short of heroic. I haven't been posting much about this because of the difficulty of finding material in English (and the pain of having to translate all the time). [url=http://www.quebecsolidaire.net/quebec-solidaire-invite-la-direction-de-q... is a statement by Québec solidaire[/url] about the recent firings.

And I would strongly encourage every babbler who reads some French to support the website which the locked-out journalists set up and have run for the whole duration. It's a wonderful alternate news site, with much better content IMO than the stuff they write (or are allowed to write) for Le Journal:

http://ruefrontenac.com

 

 

ghoris

These employees have been locked out for a year and a half and yet the JdeM continues to be published? I thought replacement workers were illegal in Quebec?

Unionist

Yup, that's my MP, Tom Mulcair, standing tall(est), next to Claudette Carbonneau, president of the CSN, Michel Arsenault, beleaguered president of the FTQ, and Raynald Leblanc, head of the locked-out journalists.

[url=http://ruefrontenac.com/nouvelles-generales/101-travail/31134-un-grand-m... demonstrators[/url] marched in solidarity yesterday afternoon to support the journalists.

Meanwhile, on Friday:

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/presents+bill+update+anti+scab/39... presents bill to update anti-scab law[/url]

Quote:

The Parti Québécois opposition presented Bill 399 in the National Assembly on Friday to update provisions in Quebec’s labour code banning the use of strikebreakers in labour-management disputes.

Inspired by the lockout of 253 employees of the Quebecor daily Le Journal de Montréal, which has continued to publish despite the lockout of its unionized staff in January 2009, the bill would take into account technology developed since Quebec’s anti-scab law was adopted in 1979. [...]

Claudette Carbonneau, whose Confédération des syndicats nationaux represents the locked-out workers, said she was satisfied with the December 2008 ruling by Myriam Bédard, a Commission des relations du travail commissioner, who ruled that the present anti-scab law applied to workers beyond the workplace.

But the Bédard judgment was struck down in Superior Court and Carbonneau said she does not want to wait “seven or eight years” for the Supreme Court of Canada to decide the issue.

The youth wing on the Quebec Liberal Party adopted a motion last summer calling for an update of the anti-scab law, but on Friday Jean-Marc Fournier said Labour Minister Lise Thériault is still studying the idea.

 

lagatta

It was a magnificent demonstration. Amir Khadir (Québec solidaire) and Luc Ferrandez (Projet Montréal mayor of Plateau Mont-Royal District) were on hand too.

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