TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Six days of mediated deadline bargaining between
the country's largest daily and its biggest union have ended with a tentative
The Toronto Star and the union representing its journalists, sales force
and most other employees - CEP 87M, known as the Guild - were in a legal
strike/lockout situation as of 12.01 a.m. Saturday. Guild members, faced with
a company agenda of extensive contract takeaways, had voted 96 per cent in
favour of strike action three days earlier.
Both the newspaper and the union had launched extensive strike
preparations as round-the-clock negotiations continued under mediator George
"Both sides had to compromise," said Guild unit chair Maureen Dawson.
"But we think the outcome is an acceptable alternative to a long, bitter
strike that would have done serious harm to our paper."
At the mediator's request, both sides have agreed to continue a
communications blackout until the Guild conducts a strike vote, unscheduled as
yet, sometime next week.
For further information:
For further information: please contact Guild local president Brad
Honywill at (905) 334-9259