In May, Postmedia announced 44 permanent layoffs that would affect staff at publications across the country.
After a voluntary buyout negotiation process as permitted by papers’ collective agreements, the final departures — which total 38 — are as follows:
Windsor Star: 9 production layoffs, 1 in newsroom
Winnipeg Sun: 4 production layoffs
London Free Press: 1 voluntary layoff
Brantford Expositor: 1 voluntary layoff
Chatham Daily News: 1 layoff
Simcoe Reformer: 1 voluntary layoff
Belleville Intelligencer: 1 voluntary layoff
Toronto Sun: 4 voluntary layoffs
Vancouver Sun and Province: 4 voluntary layoffs
Windsor Star: 5 production layoffs
Montreal Gazette: 2 non-newsroom layoffs
Ottawa Citizen: 2 voluntary layoffs
Kingston Whig-Standard: 2 layoffs
Updated March 11, 2021:
Postmedia notified Unifor Local 2000 on Nov. 19, 2020 that it would be reducing salary expenses by 15 percent at the Vancouver Sun and the Province newspapers. The voluntary buyout process resulted in the departure of 10 employees: 6 from editorial, 2 from advertising, 1 from business and 1 from IT.
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