TORONTO, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Unionized employees of the Globe and Mail reached a tentative agreement with the national newspaper this afternoon mere minutes before a deadline for journalists, advertising sales reps and circulation staff to walk off the job.
The recommended deal will be presented to the membership, represented by Unifor, for a ratification vote in short order. No details of the tentative agreement will be released before then.
The Globe and Mail's 374 unionized employees have been in a legal strike position since July 1. They turned down a company offer on July 2 by 92.3 percent. Both sides returned to the bargaining table for two days with respected mediator Kevin Burkett to try to reach a deal.
The Globe's members are among 2,600 media members of Unifor Local 87-M, which represents many newspapers and other media across southern Ontario.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 305,000 workers, including 15,000 in media. Unifor was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.
SOURCE: Unifor Local 87-M
For further information: For comment, Howard Law, Unifor National Representative, cell, (416) 456-1875.