Sun Media Corporation locked out its editorial staff, journalists, and photographers this week. Since they apparently consider such people superfluous to running a piece of major media, they are cheerfully going ahead with publishing the paper every day, using wire stories and freelance writers.
Well, they’ve got one fewer freelance writers now.
Lise Payette, feminist writer and politician, has pulled her column from Le Journal. She at first asked that it not appear during the lockout, but was told she was under contract. She resigned from the paper. CUPE thanks Payette for her steadfast devotion to her principles.
We’ve not seen the same show of support for the locked out workers from other Le Journal columnists. Even Sheila Copps, who was repeatedly elected in a union town, seems unwilling to give up a pay cheque as a show of solidarity.
Unionized workers at Le Journal de Quebec were not threatening a strike and not a single day of work has been lost to labour conflict since the paper opened in 1967.