How many staffers at the Calgary Herald have opted for a buyout package rather than return to work Saturday (July 15) after a bitter eight-month strike and organizing drive?
No one's saying. But tough times are ahead, judging by a confidential letter of expectations penned by Herald editor-in-chief Peter Menzies to the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union.
We've already heard that reporters not able to produce three stories in a seven-hour shift will be deemed to be "performing below standard."
If that's not scary enough, staff will also now have to ask for permission to engage in "freelance activities," including those that involve volunteering for a political party.
(Read, no lefties.)
The letter also reveals that physical changes have been made at the Herald's offices so editors "can keep a closer watch on staff." Story content will now be the "sole preserve" of editors.
Says Herald publisher Dan Gaynor, "It's important that everyone understands that there's a very strong achievement orientation."