Stop the presses! The longstanding Victoria Times Colonist will be shutting down their printing pressroom in September.
The paper will continue to print with the job soon to be contracted to a facility outside of Victoria.
The union representing the newspaper workers, Unifor, says the change will inevitably see locals lose their jobs.
Eighteen employees will be laid off on September 30, the majority of whom are long-time serving workers with an average of 19 years of service between them all.
“This is a loss to the Island community. Most of our highly skilled members have spent their careers working for this company. These are good paying jobs and our members are a big part of the local economy,” said Unifor’s Western Regional Director Joie Warnock.
In the meantime, Unifor says it’s trying to negotiate to improve employee severance packages and find other areas of the newspaper they could transfer the employees to.