TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - Veteran Hamilton Spectator business writer Steve
Arnold has won the 2010 Labour Journalism Award from the union
representing Ontario journalists.
Arnold won the award for his stellar coverage of the conflict between
U.S. Steel and Hamilton steelworkers which resulted in a lockout that
started in November 2010 and continues to this day with little sign of
The two sides are locked into a five-month-and-counting work stoppage
over company demands to de-index the pension plan for existing retirees
and to force new employees to join a defined contribution pension plan
rather than the existing, but more expensive, defined benefit plan.
About 9,000 retirees and 900 working members of Local 1005, United
Steelworkers of America, are affected.
The affected employees were employed by Stelco, a Canadian manufacturing
icon, until it was taken over by U.S. Steel in 2007 with promises to
maintain employment. Instead, the Hamilton facilities have been idled
for much of the time since the takeover and work has been diverted to
U.S. Steel plants in the U.S.
The Labour Journalism Award is handed out annually by Local 87M of the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The Local
represents most journalists in the province of Ontario, as well as
workers in sales, printing, circulation, inserting and production. CEP
87M, also known as the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (SONG),
represents workers at 35 workplaces in Ontario, including the Toronto
Star, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, NOW Magazine, Sing Tao, Ming Pao,
Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Region Record, Metroland and the London
Free Press. 416-461-2461, ext 7
SOURCE Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (CEP Local 87-M)
For further information:
President, CEP Local 87M
416-461-2461, ext 7