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Kamloops Daily News to lay off five, reassign two
Five staff members at the Kamloops Daily News have received layoff notices, while two others will be reassigned as the newspaper revamps its advertising-design department.
The move follows an announcement by parent company Glacier Media that it will be contracting out its ad-production departments in several newspapers in the Lower Mainland, effective Dec. 13, sending the work to be done in the Philippines and India by Affinity Express, which is based in Chicago.
It is not known if the pre-press ad-design work at the Daily News will also be shipped overseas.
Daily News publisher Tim Shoults has not returned calls to KTW, but Rob Munro, staff representative for Unifor Local 2000 (formerly the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union) said he learned the Daily News layoffs are effective Jan. 10.
Munro said the composition department is not unionized and, with only two union members affected, he suspects Shoults did not advise him of the decision because labour legislation only requires notice of a large layoff if it affects a substantial number of staff members.
A clause in the Daily News contract does not allow layoff of full-time unionized staff and the union was told the two graphic artists will be reassigned.