Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The week in Quebecor

Saturday, see the settlement of a two year strike at le Journal de Montreal where 253 employees were locked-out by Quebecor. The agreement sees only 62 of the employees returning to work and is widely viewed as a defeat for the workers.

By Monday, see that the Conservative movement in Canada is viewing that defeat as a new opportunity to take on unions.
A full-page feature in Le Journal on Monday compared Quebec to Wisconsin, which is seeking to strip some public-sector unions of their collective bargaining rights in an effort to reduce its deficit.

One column noted with that the state "took out the heavy artillery and solved the problem'' when faced with a deficit.

"That's why Wisconsin's debt is almost 10 times less than Quebec's.''
Nice feature to welcome back the workers.

Then, get your Quebecor naming rights for that taxpayer funded Quebec City arena in place, announced yesterday:
If the building fails to attract an NHL team, Quebecor will pay $33 million for naming rights for 25 years, another $3.15 million per year for management rights, and it will also hand the city 15 per cent of profits from the building.
Those terms would sweeten considerably if the city landed a team — with the fee for naming rights jumping to $63.5 million.
Rue Frontenac, the publication of the locked out Journal de Montreal workers, notes the timing of the naming rights deal:
Après avoir humilié par blanchissage ses journalistes du Journal de Montréal, le grand patron de Quebecor, Pierre Karl Péladeau, a enregistré une deuxième victoire décisive en deux jours, cette fois contre son ennemi juré, Bell Canada, en décrochant une entente avec la Ville de Québec pour la gestion du futur amphithéâtre, ce qui lui ouvre la porte pour mettre la main sur une équipe de la Ligue nationale de hockey.

Coïncidence ou non, l’entente entre Quebecor et la Ville de Québec a été signée dimanche matin, a révélé le maire Régis Labeaume, au lendemain d’une assemblée à Montréal où les syndiqués du Journal de Montréal ont rendu les armes après 764 jours de lock-out.
Signed Sunday morning, immediately after the Saturday night union vote.

The Peladeaum sounds about right, doesn't it?