Laid off photographers picket Sun-Times

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Protesters are targeting the Chicago Sun-Times after the newspaper laid off its entire staff of photographers.

The newspaper announced last week it had laid off all of its 28 full-time still photographers.

The Chicago Newspaper Guild has asked the National Labor Relations Board to rule that Sun-Times management bargained in bad faith.

Thursday morning, protesters picketted the company’s headquarters downtown.

The Sun-Times says the decision reflects the growing importance of video in its stories.

The newspaper plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video.

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11 comments

  • JaP

    I did not see any protesters when printers and engineers were laid off from the Sun-Times. The corporations are whittling down their full-time employees and going with free lancers. Maybe the time has come for the Unions to step aside and allow this to happen because their strong armed tactics no longer work. I can remember the whole city would be shut down if one union was on strike – but due to the greed of the Unions they no longer stick together, what a shame or is it a SHAM….

  • Mark

    It's a sad comment on the state of Journalism I'm this country. Professional journalists are not "point and shoot" amateurs. They have knowledge, skills, training, abilities and–most importantly–judgement, that the average person simply doesn't. This is a short-sighted move.

  • Chas

    Instead of marching peacefully – begging for concessions from cold-hearted management – these folks need to march up to the tenth floor, break down the doors and perform some intimidating tactics. It's time, people. IT IS TIME! Give in, and it will keep getting worse. Time action, not words.

  • Guest

    Welcome to the real world. When the money isn't there you can't cut checks from fairy dust. I hope marching in the picket line helps them pay their bills.

  • Barbara

    There's money there, they just want to spend it on executive salaries and shareholders.
    Happening all over and it's been going on for years.
    Barbara

    • Guest

      It's been that way since time began. Not sure why people can't understand that the ones at the top will ALWAYS be the last ones to go. If people don't like it no one is stopping them from starting a company and being the boss. Apple Computer started in a garage not too many years ago. Look at them now. Rich and greedy corporate evil doers. How about Facebook? The dude started it in his dorm room. Now look at how rich that kid is. It's the way of the world. Get used to it.

  • Enrique

    It’s cut and paste these days anyways. Searching the Internet for a picture that applies is a common practice. Or posting a link to someone else’s article and photo.

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