In which National Post columnist Terry “Corky” Corcoran rips new ones for two longtime colleagues. Peter Kuitenbrouwer and Drew Hasselback are the prime suspects.
“What a shock and disappointment. Two writers who I understand were key organizers of the union move take buyouts and walk out of the newsroom leaving a mess behind. I’m All Right Jack. I thought I knew them. I certainly respected them as individuals and for their work. But their moves have been baffling.
They spent 20 or more years at the paper, earning what I assume was good money with benefits, raising kids and buying houses. Then the newspaper industry crashes so they decide they can’t take cuts or freezes anymore and organize a union drive—as if the union can turn around industry-wide declining revenue. But it looks like they had no real intention of following through beyond getting their buyouts. Leave that to the younger writers and editors who have no seniority or built-up reserves.
I find this unconscionable.
This is really none of my business.
Whether the union is approved or not makes no difference to me. But the more I thought about their buy out escapes, the sadder I became.
Newspapers are losing revenues and no union can stop the declines and the need to make adjustments in the new business environment.
The National Post needs people who are working to overcome the challenges facing the business, which from my experience is what all of the people in the newsroom are constantly trying to do.
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–(Sept. 19, 2017, 2:41pm)