Windsor Star printing plant closing

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The Windsor Star’s printing plans will close in March, a move that will mean the loss of about 22 full-time and 55 part-time jobs.

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In a statement written Monday, Postmedia Network Corp’s vice president of communications said it intends to move the work from the Starway Avenue plant to Islington and London production facilities as of March 3.

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“We are working with union representatives in accordance with the collective agreement to ensure a smooth transition,” Phyllise Gelfand said.

Lana Payne, national president of Uniform, which with CWA Canada is one of two unions representing the workers, called the cuts “serious and very concerning.”

“A robust, independent free press is crucial to the democratic fabric of our country and it is currently being diminished and is at risk,” Payne said in a written statement.

The news follows an announcement last week to Postmedia employees about layoffs to 11 per cent of editorial staff across the country and cuts to other departments.

“This is a newspaper that has roots in Windsor and Essex County for 135 years, including generations of families who work at the paper and the printing plant,” said Unifor media council chair Julie Kotsis.

“This is a huge loss for the affected workers and their families, to the community who will access far less local news and to democracy.”

The building will be listed for sale.

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