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Sault Star to be printed in North Bay, says union

Wednesday, May 07, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

The Sault Star will shut down its presses later this month and shift production to other parts of the province in a move that will see a number of layoffs at the local Sun Media newspaper, says a union representative.

Staff have been told the 102-year-old daily will be pressed in North Bay, with flyers inserted in London, Ont., said Elaine Della-Mattia, president of CWA Local 746, which represents three of the affected employees.

“I'm not sure how this company will get the final product to doorsteps and mailboxes on the same day. The North faces brutal winters and highway closures that, in my view, could have a dramatic impact on when or how the newspaper is delivered,” said Della-Mattia.

“It's unfortunate that this company doesn't see these potential obstacles and continues to slash community papers instead of making investments in the product that our readers deserve.”

The move results in a total of 23 layoffs, SooToday.com is told, including seven pressmen represented by Unifor and three mailroom staff represented by CWA Local 746.

Another 12 part-time and two full-time non-unionized employees also received layoff notices she said.

Della-Mattia said layoff notices were handed out this morning, with the presses to be shut down May 30.

The paper's publisher could not immediately be reached for comment.

“Every day employees come to work not knowing whether they'll still have a job. We always thought that having a press operation in the Sault helped us keep our jobs safe,” she said. “That's not the case anymore. We all feel at risk and vulnerable and we're sickened by losing our friends and colleagues, all of whom have been at the Sault Star for many, many years.”

This news follows a string of cuts at the Quebecor-owned paper, which moved its pre-press operations to Barrie in 2009.

 
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Acoustical Disaster 5/7/2014 1:38:57 PM Report

Well this is a good of a reason as any to cancel the paper. Thanks Sault Star.... or is it the North Bay Star now.
frizz 5/7/2014 1:50:28 PM Report

Cancel the paper...there is nothing left there to support....Stick with the online dependable news source which doesn't depend on the weather and keep it growing with local jobs.
ThinkAgain 5/7/2014 1:50:45 PM Report

Saw that coming a few years ago. Surprised it wasn't sooner.
eadiecougs 5/7/2014 1:57:10 PM Report

and the sault always get screwed
Malarkey 5/7/2014 2:02:57 PM Report

Yep, we will be cancelling ours. I haven't been happy with it for awhile...I want REAL news, not all that crap they publish about celebrities/entertainment. QMI/Sun/ Quebecor...whatever you want to call it...has lowered the bar so far that it's not even worthwhile to call their product a "newspaper". Sad what has happened to the news industry.
northerngentleman 5/7/2014 2:06:08 PM Report

I really think we should all boycott the Sault Star and quit buying the paper. we are going to lose 23 jobs in the press room and mail room. the paper will be printed in North Bay and the flyers in London and then shipped to the Sault. The paper is getting smaller and smaller and with all other social media we can get our news a lot faster anyways. This paper has done nothing but gone downhill since the Curran's (the founding fathers) sold the paper.
sooperman 5/7/2014 2:10:27 PM Report

is there a need for a daily paper in the sault, not to often is there anything worthwhile reading. as for the layoffs its a shame but that's life in the north
ThinkAgain 5/7/2014 2:11:06 PM Report

The funny part of it all, Shoppers Drug's weekly Sales flyer has been bigger then all 6 days of the Sault Star put together since last year.

And there has been no content worth reading for years. If you read one newspaper you have read them all.
Sam C 5/7/2014 2:23:13 PM Report

Well, it's been years since I had a parakeet, so I don't buy the Star regularly. While I will admit that there can (stress *can*) be more detail to story in a broadsheet, the immediacy of online news sources is rendering print media obsolete.

Let's be honest, too... a print newspaper contains only about 10% news, and the remainder is advertising. Not terribly good value for the money, in my opinion.
Mr. Poster 5/7/2014 2:26:23 PM Report

This the deciding factor on stopping the paper for me. I suspect they were hoping we would all cancel and then they can shut it down...blaming us.They needed a good excuse and now they have one.
superior87 5/7/2014 2:40:52 PM Report

It got awful once Sun Media/whatever they're called purchased it. They are not even "news" IMO.
soowat 5/7/2014 2:54:59 PM Report

I regret that this is happening but taking the emotion out of it,the Sault Star is a business, Like any other business they do not exist to provide jobs. They exist to make a profit. If they need workers to make that happen then they provide jobs.
They are selling a product (print advertising) that fewer people and businesses are using. Some examples SOOTODAY has multiple free Classified ads by people selling whatever.How many of those people pay to put the same ad in the Sault Star. How much revenue is that costing the Star? How often do you see an ad in the Sault Star advertising that company x is having a sale with the notice that the reader can get all the details at the company website. So what would have been a full page ad a few years ago is a much smaller ad and thus less revenue. None of the foregoing is anyone's fault it is simply one more example of how technology is changing the world.


tree frog 5/7/2014 3:00:15 PM Report

Well well well It's time to say screw you Osprey Media. I encourage everyone to buy and advertise in the Sault Ste Marie Evening News. See how they like that.
THE GODFATHER 5/7/2014 3:05:58 PM Report

stick to sault this week as they have more info than the star. with internet today many papers will no longer exist.
as for the jobs we don't need to lose
jobs in the sault but we have no control
over this.I hope the lottery isn't next.
welcome2 5/7/2014 3:06:45 PM Report

this should not be a surprise to anyone who ever bothered to look at the Star. We cancelled our subscription a number of years ago because even back then, there was nothing in it. A daily copy comes into our office at work and it has obviously only gotten worse.

feel bad for those people losing their jobs
SimsDrum 5/7/2014 3:11:13 PM Report

Print in North Bay, truck to London, truck to Sault
I can't wait to see that work!
I'm In 5/7/2014 3:12:48 PM Report

I just called and cancelled mine because I am a union member and I hate to say this but unions built the middle class which is being eroded by the PC's and Liberals.
Hacksaw 5/7/2014 3:18:05 PM Report

It isn't really fair to blame The Sault Star. Newspapers are starting to outlive their purpose as most news can be found online. Printed media cannot keep up with online media with regards to current news. Online sites like SOOTODAY and CNN update by the minute while printed media like The Sault Star contain yesterday's news.
busy-mom 5/7/2014 3:36:52 PM Report

Well, we will be cancelling our paper, Taking jobs away from Sault Ste. Marie!!!
Mr E 5/7/2014 3:43:02 PM Report

I'm actually surprised its been open this long. Why read yesterdays news tomorrow?
Social media is where its at.
chatterbox 5/7/2014 3:44:19 PM Report

THE GODFATHER: I stand to be corrected but I think Sault this Week and Sault Star are both owned by Sun Media.
Mr. Poster 5/7/2014 3:46:41 PM Report

It is a sign of the times. There are other and cheaper sources for getting news Look at all the other services that have changed or been eliminated. I can recall the horse drawn milk wagon...donuts at 39 a dozen offered at your door(maple or plain only)...home mail delivery(soon to be gone)....all great services but the times they are a changing as the song goes.There was also a time when reporters at the Star would investigate and report stores of local happenings. Now we get news from the associated press and others that are simply copied into local newspapers.
Me Myself an I 5/7/2014 3:52:49 PM Report

so, how much will the price of the paper increase to cover the "shipping" cost.
grizzlypaul 5/7/2014 4:23:49 PM Report

I will not renew my subscipt.
Sam C 5/7/2014 4:26:04 PM Report

Me, myself... The price you pay basically just pays whoever delivered it. The cost is typically borne through ad revenues.
Joe Kidd 5/7/2014 4:28:23 PM Report

Sault this week is printed in michigan.Has been for a while.
MikeGC21 5/7/2014 4:43:28 PM Report

Sault This Week is not printed in Michigan. It was for a while at one point years ago. It has been printed at the Sault Star for years now.
anapeg 5/7/2014 4:48:13 PM Report

Has the Sault Star even a reporter on staff here or do they get all their stuff from the internet as most do today?
tcowen 5/7/2014 5:16:41 PM Report

This is what happens when we allow our news to be spoon-fed to us. One news feed pushed to every outlet.. allows for a staggering amount of abuse.

Pre-approved 'Good-News' stories & warm fuzzy articles abound.. there's no such thing as real investigative journalism any more.

Our media has become a platform of controlled opposition.. allowing us the illusion of balanced & unbiased opinions.

Even our comments & so called 'Overwhelming support' of local concerns. Have become infiltrated & slanted by cleverly scripted 'chat-bots'.

It's time to.. Turn it off, tune it out & re-create a better way of keeping ourselves informed.

Oldie Goldie 5/7/2014 5:56:05 PM Report

A few years ago they moved our T.V. to Sudbury and we are lucky to get 5 minutes of their 1 hour Newscast.

Now the Daily Paper is being out-sourced. Try to get your paper before Noon when it is printed in North Bay !
On some winter days there won't be any paper at all.

I will be cancelling my subscription and I have had it for 30 years !
Boomer4771 5/7/2014 6:29:17 PM Report


The paper isn't worth the money they charge for it. I cancelled mine years ago. Sorry about job loss but it is what it is. Internet has taken over years ago.
JustAGuy2 5/7/2014 6:42:38 PM Report

This city is dead because thats the way we want it.
Case closed.
suckerminnows 5/7/2014 6:42:52 PM Report

i remember ed the paper man and his wife delivering the paper up north and now it's time to say goodbye to the paper and there bs move
right wing 5/7/2014 6:54:23 PM Report

soowat

Hahahaha...purple moon?
I completely agree with your entire post.
Careful...you are sounding exactly like a conservative.

;)
rcssm69 5/7/2014 6:59:10 PM Report

Can't wait until the morons commenting on this post lose their jobs to out-sourcing, cutbacks, etc...
OH WELL.....That's just the way it is!!!
Claudius 5/7/2014 7:02:43 PM Report

This is very disappointing news. As a new Saultite I subscribed to the Sault Star because it was local and employed fellow citizens. I try to ignore the Sunmedia propaganda and savour the local content. But this is just too much to swallow. I won't be renewing my subscription when it runs out.
Shoeless 5/7/2014 7:27:17 PM Report

I think it is only fair that if our local newspaper can't or won't support ( with jobs ) our local people we shouldn't support them.
Koolaid 5/7/2014 8:18:39 PM Report

Every Store, Person and Business must cancel their Sault Star. All the jobs are being removed from our community, why should we support this .
macgyvr 5/7/2014 8:53:23 PM Report

As soon as my subscription runs out will be cancelling the Sault Star. however why not print in the Sault and ship to Norht Bay? DEEPER POCKETS I ASSUME ALONG WITH A FEW POLITITIONS IN THEIR POCKETS.
harry dick 5/7/2014 8:53:55 PM Report

The Sault Star has a blitz on right now to try and sell more subscriptions . They have hired people to work selling in the malls and such to increase the readership . They then state that they will be printing OUR NEWSPAPER in North Bay .That is a 5 hr. drive from here . We will be getting yesterday's news tomorrow .I can see in the near future , this newspaper will lose most of it's long time customers like myself [37 years of subscribing to the Sault Star]. If I want yesterday's news tomorrow , I will get the Toronto Star sent up to me. Thank goodness for Soo Today.com and Local2.com . It looks as if this will be the only place that we can get up to the minute news in Sault Ste. Marie , a city of 75,000 people and we can't make money printing our own newspaper? It sounds to me that there is some serious money grubbing going on here .
Mr. Poster 5/7/2014 9:02:10 PM Report

Now is the time for someone to start a new local paper. One that is truly local...that has a least one INVESTIGATIVE reporter.

SAULT THIS WEEK could possibly become our local paper by adding to it. I really enjoy getting that part of the paper every Wednesday.

I know newspapers are dying out to social media but even after taking the Star for over 48 years...I would miss be able to sit and READ the news at my speed and leisure.
macgyvr 5/7/2014 9:05:19 PM Report

DID OUR LOCAL POLITITIONS KNOW ABOUT THIS? DID ANY OF THEM SPEAK OUT IF THEY DID? AND COULD THIS HAVE BEEN AVOIDED? DID THEY STICK THEIR HEAD IN THE SAND AGAIN??? JUST SAYING!
dobar 5/7/2014 10:08:51 PM Report

already cancelled my subscription
Dead End Kid 5/7/2014 10:50:26 PM Report


I truly feel bad for the people losing their jobs. All the best to you.
raeann.childs 5/7/2014 11:11:51 PM Report

im glad we are saving that many trees....
LAWL 5/7/2014 11:50:57 PM Report

@Im In,

Unions are horrible. Produce nothing but a lazy, incompetent worthless workforce.
dadal 5/8/2014 6:17:19 AM Report

I only buy the Thursday paper to get the flyers that are NEVER delivered free ( as suppose to be) on Fridays to my home-gave up complaining about it to the Star. But now we can access the flyers online on this site PLUS there is a great app for iphone called reebee that you can see even up and coming ads with.

What real local news that was published was usually things I can find online through Sootoday anyhow.

I must admit I enjoyed telling the poor woman doing the sales blitz I didn't even want the free copy of the paper that will offer two day old news when it puts more locals out of work.

yes, I'm mean that way.
Sam The Dog 5/8/2014 7:04:05 AM Report

Terrible to see local Landmark Business that made our Community, Our Community.With the loss of of Local T.V. station, Local Dairies, Local Bakeries, Local News Paper and more. It's getting harder and harder to name anything "The SOO (or Sault)______" Let's hope we can keep the name "SOO" to proceed Greyhounds. Keep some Community pride.
crashed13 5/8/2014 7:19:45 AM Report

With our Highway closure due to weather or a single car accident?

Get the Monday Paper by Wednesday . Will be interesting to see that work?
Mr. Poster 5/8/2014 8:07:41 AM Report

I really think THE STAR knows this will not work. They are hoping many will cancel and then they can say they are closing due to a lack of support .We have lost so much over the years that we are now more of a town like Lively,,,Thessalon...Elliot Lake...Bruce Mines etc.
theprotector 5/8/2014 8:30:51 AM Report

BOYCOTT SAULT STAR NOW!
thumbs4208 5/8/2014 8:38:50 AM Report

just recycled it from North Bay - save me the hassle of doing it
twolfe61 5/8/2014 8:57:33 AM Report

Well, As a long time senior carriers, my wife and I have been delivering the Sault Star in various parts of the city. As well as our sons. Readership has dropped drastically! This just tops it off. Many carriers will be quitting as it will no longer be a lucrative source of secondary income. We use our vehicle to get to areas we deliver to. So, as gas prices soar, subscriptions fall, now add this to the equation... Who do you think will deliver door to door? Over 10 years of service... it won't be our family. No ones going to want to deliver 6 papers on a route that use to have 25 or more customers.
Good luck with that.... Cart before the horse once again!
Anyone need lawn care services?
twolfe61 5/8/2014 9:11:57 AM Report

someone posted that the Sault Star was not getting the advertisements in the paper as it use to. Maybe not printed in the paper itself but!! GOOD GRIEF!!! have YOU lifted the Thursday paper lately? HUGE advertising going on there.... not to mention there are flyers inserted in Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays paper as well and these businesses pay good money to have there flyers delivered!!
Just to add this.... the Thursday paper and the flyers that go to non subscribers are so heavy that kids are having a difficult time carrying them!!
Why do you think they want adult carriers?
Mr. Poster 5/8/2014 9:36:23 AM Report

Monday and Tuesday papers,however, could have the 2 sections combined into one and it is still a very thin paper. Most articles are "hijacked" from other sources with very little real "local" news .If you notice also...what few articles there are...they are blown up to huge sizes due to a lack of anything else to put in the paper...it fills the space.
Gater 5/8/2014 9:49:06 AM Report

What will be left @ the Star office ?
Just a drop off for papers?
Will there be any jobs left there?
Can someone answer please..
jwillco 5/8/2014 9:55:13 AM Report

Sorry for all those who have lost their jobs in The Soo.....just cancelled my subscription.
Dixiepup 5/8/2014 10:29:29 AM Report

Just cancelled mine as well. Subscription runs out in December. Told them this was a direct result of their decision. I feel we have to send a message for the job losses!
Tag33&1/3rd 5/8/2014 2:07:46 PM Report

The Sault This Week is an insert in the Sault Star on Wednesdays. Where is that going to get printed and inserted?

*****ALOT OF SENIORS - enjoy reading the local paper and doing the crossword. It has been a part of their day for Years and Years! I do hope it continues in the Sault as most seniors are not into ONLINE media.*****

How is this going to effect delivery door to door? Or is that going to be stopped also? Just like the mail soon!
sugardaddy 5/9/2014 12:19:20 PM Report

I have subscribed to the Star since 1986, three address changes, single status to married with children. I have placed loved ones obits, celebrated milestones in print, and it all ended today, I cancelled my annual subscription that is up for renewal on June 13th and I will no longer read it. I am sad, print papers have been around longer than any of us, and like Video rental stores, useful hardware stores, print is dead in the Soo. It is just a paper to many, but it was an identity, a life line and absolutley essential read for someone like me. Now the soft glow of my Ipad has replaced the crinkle of the paper every day, except sunday...sad day...my thoughts to those who lost a good job.
Yorkie 5/9/2014 3:23:54 PM Report

That's it.......ending it today.....everybody should join in.I want the SAULT STAR.....not the NORTH BAY STAR.......REVOLT...
Mr. Poster 5/9/2014 3:57:15 PM Report

If you all QUIT the paper...they will have to fold. It sounds like it was not a very important part of subscribers lives I have been getting the paper here in SSM for over 45 years...shall keep it going until the fat lady sings.
EAGLE 5/9/2014 8:23:25 PM Report

We have read & subscribed to the Sault Star for decades but it ends now. I'll support the Star if it's locally printed but this is too much to see all these local folks laid off and presses out of town. It's been so long....what's the number to call to stop delivery?
MYPOINT 5/10/2014 9:58:04 PM Report

is as follows ...

This is just another example of the Sault losing yet another part of it's identity.

This city has an EDC I do believe. I think it is time that we start getting businesses to start up here instead of having all of our ' local ' businesses move elsewhere. What have the EDC done to bring businesses here? Has anyone heard of even one big business starting up locally and hiring a lot of local workers? Due to all of the taxpayer money the EDC gets almost every time they go to our current city council and request money so that they can squander it yet again, I can see why a lot of people believe we need a lot of new people on city council.

As for the poster who said that unions are for are lazy people ( or words to that effect ) I think he/she needs to realize that without unions fighting for a lot of worker's rights, workers would have a hell of a lot less rights than they do at the current time. There is a definite need for unions so it is my opinion that the poster must not be an employee who is lucky enough to belong to a union so he or she is just upset at unions in general.

I truly feel sorry for those who are losing their job at our former local newspaper.

As always, your views may differ :)
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