La Tribune employees call for community support in creation of a workers’ cooperative

By Gordon Lambie
La Tribune employees call for community support in creation of a workers’ cooperative
Louis-Éric Allard, Mélanie Noel, Alain Leclerc, and Isabelle Pion, four members of La Tribune's relaunch committee, gathered in the local newspaper's lobby on Monday afternoon to encourage the population to put their money where their mouth is with regard to an effort by employees to save the paper by creating a workers' cooperative (Photo : Gordon Lambie)

In the most recent step of a process that began last August with the news that Sherbrooke’s French-language daily newspaper, La Tribune, was facing bankruptcy along with the other media owned by parent company Groupe Capitales Medias (GCM), the members of the local re-launch committee put out a call for public support for the employees’ desire to acquire the business as a workers’ cooperative. Although the paper has already put out a call for public support, Monday’s appeal came with the news that a new online microsite, coopmonjournal.com, has been launched that will allow anyone who wishes to make a financial commitment to the cause. “We are asking for the support of our whole community; our readers, our parents, our neighbours, our elected officials, all those who play a part in our daily news” said committee member Mélanie Noël. “It is time to show your attachment.” See full story in the Tuesday, Oct. 8 edition of The Record.

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