Sean Pollay pointed out that the Boston Herald will be outsourcing printing and laying off up to 160 employees. This from E&P:
The Boston Herald will layoff between 130 and 160 workers under a plan to outsource its printing operations to other locations within the state, the paper reported Tuesday.
The publisher attributes the action to the fact that some of their newspapers have presses that are more than 50 years old, which one would expect are a maintenance nightmare. This one directly affects the unions:
“Some grim-faced union leaders declined comment as they emerged from a meeting with Purcell in his office late this morning,” the Herald added. “Purcell described the meeting as ‘somber,’ even as he praised union leaders for all they’ve done over the years to keep the Herald in operation.”
Some 10 unions would be affected by the printing move, which is expected to start in late September or early October, the paper reported. Workers include pressmen, mailers, engravers and paper handlers.
In the long run, we’re going to see more papers doing this. Arthur Sulzberger Jr. suggested last year that he could see The New York Times not printing it’s own papers within 10 years. Think of print as just one delivery means for a newspapers product, and at that, an extremely costly one, and you’ll have a good idea of where this may lead.