Outsourcing returns to haunt Toronto Star employees

In January 2010, the Toronto Star and its union agreed on a plan that would allow the paper to cut jobs and save money while avoiding some more dramatic cost-cutting plans like outsourcing copy editing to an external company.

Those of us around the country who work in the copy editing field breathed a slight sigh of relief, knowing that somewhere jobs were being saved and would still be done locally. The issue appeared settled: The Toronto Star would still be produced by the Toronto Star.

Less than two years later, we seem to be back to Square One. The Star is offering another round of buyouts to cut staff even further (they won’t say by how much they want to reduce the workforce) and Reuters is reporting a rumour that the Star again wants to outsource layout and editing work.

I hope that’s just a rumour. Layout and editing is an important job in print media, and I’d hate to think that the industry is coming to a consensus that this work can be done by some kid in a third-world country with 20 minutes of training.

5 thoughts on “Outsourcing returns to haunt Toronto Star employees

  1. John

    “this work can be done by some kid in a third-world country with 20 minutes of training.”

    You might want to re-think that last bit; unless, of course, you’re trying to compete with John Crosbie, the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    John

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    1. Shawn

      John, did you actually read the whole sentence? Or the whole story? It took a serious leap of logic for you to equate Crosbie’s comments with what Steve wrote above.
      “I’d hate to think that the industry is coming to a consensus that this work can be done by some kid in a third-world country”.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Doesn’t the paper you work for outsource?

      Yes.

      Not sure if you have a leg to stand on here.

      I have two. They’re very sturdy. But actually I’m sitting right now.

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  2. David Pinto

    Hed in today’s Gazette, Thursday, Dec. 1, page A24

    Irish cardinal agrees to abuse deal

    The meaning is obvious to most readers: An Irish cardnal has agreed to a deal concerning the abuse of children.

    OTOH, it could be read as: Irish priest has agreed to abuse a deal.

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