The Newspaper Guild-CWA sounds lofty but it is just another labor union, this one representing journalists. And as labor unions will, the Guild is stamping its feet over yesterday’s bombshell that the Chicago Sun-Times axed its entire photography staff. In a statement, the Guild vows to publicly pressure a private business to hire people they don’t feel they need:
The Newspaper Guild-CWA is stunned by the announcement this morning that the Chicago Sun-Times is laying off its entire photo department, 28 employees including 20 Guild members.
“This is offensive and wrong on so many levels,” Guild President Bernie Lunzer said. “As a union, we are deeply concerned about the workers who are losing good, family-wage jobs. As an organization of journalists, we are appalled that any newspaper would treat its photojournalists as expendable.
“I have learned time and again how the eye of a professional photographer can see and express things that I can’t,” he said. “Apparently some accountant/manager can see and express things that I can’t understand. Because this makes no sense.”
Lunzer said the Guild and its members, who immediately took to social media to denounce the decision, will “make the case and put as much public pressure on the Sun-Times as possible” to try to persuade the company to reverse course.
I had forgotten that a side-benefit to watching the corrupt media go down in flames is that entitled, crybaby unions go with them.
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