One of the biggest reasons I don't trust the so-called "paper-of-record" is because I always hear that they treat their own employees like crap. Even worse, the lower on the totem pole an employee ranks, the worse their treatment from co-workers and management seems to be . . . At least that's the scuttlebutt when it comes to news of The Star's pecking order.
There has been some previous reporting on how The Star screws over their carriers from Bottomline Communications.
But today I received a bit of inside info and EXCLUSIVE DETAIL related to The Star mismanaging and mistreating the people who put their paper on the street everyday. The emphasis added is mine:
"I'm a carrier for the Star. Just wanted to let you know from our end how bad things are for The Star.Unfortunately, because of the digital revolution, the physical dead tree version of The Star isn't too much longer for this world . . . Or at least not daily . . . Nevertheless, this treatment of Star carriers is endemic of their whole organization. The Star regularly stomps on people with little power or influence and then trumpets their so-called journalistic integrity or credibility without even so much as an acknowledgment of their own sins.
Currently, we have District Representatives, who are in charge of about thirty carriers each, counting newspapers every morning. They get paid about forty thousand a year. They stand at the loading doors and county the newspapers for every carrier to make sure they don't take more than they are supposed to. That's how bad it is. The funny thing, they are the ones who get our paper count wrong, Then they sit around and smoke, in a building that is non-smoking, and do nothing for the rest of the night. Most nights we have about six District Reps. The Regional manager, who gets paid over sixty thousand a year, has only showed up once when the paper is delivered. He always works during the day, never the night. Most of the carriers would not recognize him if they saw him. Monday's paper has no add inserts, Tuesday's newspaper, only some of the routes get Kohl's inserts. They combined the distribution centers for the newspapers, so now there is only one for Johnson and Wyandotte counties. It is located at 106th and Pflumm in Lenexa. There are over 200 carriers in that location. Now they are going to lower our rates too. So now our paychecks will be getting less.
But they will still charge us a $1.00 for a complaint, or $5.00 for a wet paper.(Like we control mother nature.) They are using the carriers as another revenue source. I agree with you, they are not thinking at The Star.
Essentially, this speaks to my long standing point that The Star is a business just like any other and they have people confused (including themselves) that they are performing some kind of public service by pushing their agenda . . . This fact hits home even harder when it's obvious the organization has little respect for any of their workers . . . It's no wonder then that this cruel division of a national conglomerate trample on so many of Kansas City's diverse communities and start pouting as their influence fades away with the bygone era of print media.