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The STIJM, the union representing Journal de Montréal workers, was busy this week. First they crashed a lecture given by freelance columnist Joseph Facal, accusing the former PQ minister of being a scab in no uncertain terms (especially because he’s now writing two columns a week instead of one). Shockingly, Rue Frontenac was there, admitting that students were not amused, but mitigating that by saying some were on Facebook or browsing other uneducational websites.
Then on Wednesday, they were protesting outside the home of Quebecor CEO Pierre-Karl Péladeau, planting crosses to represent the careers of people PKP wants to fire. Once again, Rue Frontenac was there.
- The STM’s Réchaud-Bus made a visit to Rue Frontenac a couple of weeks ago.
- Nicolas Ritoux writes in Marketing Mag that the Journal hasn’t lost too many advertisers, except of course for labour unions.
- Despite how much Journal de Montréal salaries are bringing Quebecor down, the company still seems to have enough leftover money to spare in this economy to buy the Canadiens.
- Metro could only find two articles out of eight in the Journal on Saturday that mentioned the Journal in a self-congratulatory we-got-the-scoop way. La Presse beat it out by a huge margin. That’s unfortunate.
And at don’t-forget-the-Saguenay, Quebecor says that coverage of the lockout at Le Réveil is biased against the company, with articles about the union encouraging boycotts of the paper. The company is even threatening to pull investments from the region if it feels it’s unwelcome.