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Glacier Media buys Victoria daily and BC community papers

Source: thetyee.ca

A media company The Tyee identified two years ago as well placed to expand has bought the Victoria Times Colonist and several community newspapers from Postmedia Network Inc..

“One of the companies likely to emerge from the downturn owning more papers is Vancouver’s Glacier Media Inc., a company that attributes its opportunity to grow to the failure of other media companies to invest in the quality journalism needed to keep readers’ attention,” The Tyee reported in 2009.

Today Glacier announced an $86.5 million deal that includes the T-C, the North Shore News, the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, the New Westminster Record/Royal City Record, the Richmond News, the Delta Optimist, Surrey Now, Coquitlam Now, the Maple Ridge Times, the Langley Advance, the Abbotsford Mission Times, and the Chilliwack Times.

It also includes the Nanaimo Daily News, the Alberni Valley Times, the Harbour City Star, the Cowichan Valley Citizen, the Oceanside Star, the Pennyworth, the Westerly News, and the Campbell River Courier Islander/Campbell River Courier North Islander.

“The assets acquired strategically broaden Glacier’s market presence in British Columbia,” the announcement said. “Glacier now offers the broadest coverage of local newspaper markets in Western Canada, which increases market reach for local, regional and national advertisers, provides for significant digital media opportunities and strengthens Glacier’s competitive position.”

The deal is expected to close on Nov. 30, 2011.

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Talks hit impasse at Victoria Times Colonist

Source: cwa-scacanada.ca

An about-face by management of the Victoria Times Colonist has brought contract talks with three unions screeching to a halt.

The Victoria Joint Council of Newspaper Unions says meetings planned for next week have been cancelled and no new dates have been scheduled. The impasse was reached when the employer attempted to reintroduce significant items the Council believed had been removed.

Negotiations to renew three collective agreements that expired at the start of this year began on May 1. Two CWA Canada Locals and the Communications Energy and Paperworkers bargain jointly at the newspaper, which is now owned by Postmedia Network.

The Victoria-Vancouver Island Newspaper Guild represents 153 employees in editorial, advertising, circulation, maintenance, information technology and business departments. The 35 workers in the mailroom belong to Local 30403 while CEP’s 29 members work in the pressroom, pre-press and composing.

The unions faced similar difficulties in negotiations four years ago when the newspaper was still owned by Canwest. The company at that time went into talks seeking major concessions that one union spokesman described as “total decimation.” In the end, however, they were able to reach agreement on new contracts that went forward rather than backward.

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Joint Council of Newspaper Unions – Update

 

The Guild’s negotiation meeting with the company on June 1 was rescheduled to June 28; the company requested the delay in order to study the Guild’s letter to the company outlining our jurisdiction in regard to the web/online.

On Monday, June 27 the company advised the Guild that they wished to cancel scheduled meetings on June 28, 29, and 30.  The Guild reluctantly agreed to cancel the June 28 and 30 meetings, but insisted on meeting on June 29, which the company agreed to.  Tuesday, June 28, the company advised the Guild that they also wanted to cancel the June 29 meeting. 

The Guild and Joint Council are very concerned with these latest developments, and have scheduled a full Joint Council meeting for Thursday, June 30.

Guild Negotiating Committee

 

“Despite all the gloom and doom about the print media industry, if there is only one paper in a metro market it will be profitable,” said newspaper analyst John Morton.  “It just may not be as profitable as newspapers used to be.”

CEP Local 2000 – Newspaper Guild Local 30223 – TNG-CWA Local 30403 (Mailers)

“United We Bargain, Divided We Beg”

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TC Employees’ United Way Campaign Kick-Off

United Way of Greater Victoria

Just a quick note to remind our members that the Times Colonist Employees’ United Way Campaign is fast approaching. In these times of economic uncertainty, those hit hardest are those who can least afford it. We are fortunate here at the Times Colonist in that our regular employees have the opportunity to make contributions through payroll deduction. This makes it much easier to make an impact while minimizing the hit to our pocketbooks. Please give your canvassers a moment when they come around to you. Whether you’re a long-time contributor or a brand new donor this year, any amount will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

 Sincerely, 

Victoria Joint Council of Newspaper Unions.

CEP Local 2000 – Newspaper Guild Local 30223 -TNG-CWA Local 30403 (Mailers)

“United We Bargain, Divided We Beg”United Way of Greater Victoria

Just a quick note to remind our members that the Times Colonist Employees’ United Way Campaign is fast approaching. In these times of economic uncertainty, those hit hardest are those who can least afford it. We are fortunate here at the Times Colonist in that our regular employees have the opportunity to make contributions through payroll deduction. This makes it much easier to make an impact while minimizing the hit to our pocketbooks. Please give your canvassers a moment when they come around to you. Whether you’re a long-time contributor or a brand new donor this year, any amount will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

 Sincerely, 

Victoria Joint Council of Newspaper Unions.

CEP Local 2000 – Newspaper Guild Local 30223 -TNG-CWA Local 30403 (Mailers)

“United We Bargain, Divided We Beg”United Way of Greater Victoria

Just a quick note to remind our members that the Times Colonist Employees’ United Way Campaign is fast approaching. In these times of economic uncertainty, those hit hardest are those who can least afford it. We are fortunate here at the Times Colonist in that our regular employees have the opportunity to make contributions through payroll deduction. This makes it much easier to make an impact while minimizing the hit to our pocketbooks. Please give your canvassers a moment when they come around to you. Whether you’re a long-time contributor or a brand new donor this year, any amount will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

 Sincerely, 

Victoria Joint Council of Newspaper Unions.

CEP Local 2000 – Newspaper Guild Local 30223 -TNG-CWA Local 30403 (Mailers)

“United We Bargain, Divided We Beg”

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