6 June 2016
London Free Press print plant to close
LONDON, ON—Postmedia Network Inc., is closing its London Free Press plant which means 135 union members (61 full-time and 74 part time) will lose their jobs.

"This is a tough, tough day for our London members and their families," Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M, said. "More than half the unionized workforce at the London Free Press is being put out of work."

Morse represents the unionized workers at the London Free Press and said these cuts, due to outsourcing, are similar to those at other Postmedia locations in Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary.

Metroland Media will now produce the London Free Press. According to a Postmedia statement:

Postmedia Network Canada Corp., today announced the Company has entered into a print outsourcing agreement with Metroland Media Group Ltd (Hamilton) for the production of The London Free Press newspaper, beginning this fall. Other community dailies and weeklies, currently being printed at the London facility, will be moved to other Postmedia production locations.
Unifor Local 87-M represents 214 employees at the London Free Press among 2,500 media workers across southern Ontario, including the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and 14 Postmedia newspapers.

Considered to be Canada's largest private-sector union, Unifor has over 310,000 members in all sectors of the economy, including 14,000 in media across the country.
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