11-week strike part of Toronto's Ming Pao Daily labour battle
TORONTO, June 8, 2012 /CNW/ - The 135 employees of the Toronto-based
Chinese-language daily newspaper Ming Pao have their first union
The staff weathered an 11-week strike last fall that was ended by the
Ontario Labour Relations Board when it ruled that the newspaper's
management was not negotiating reasonably. The labour board directed
the strike to be settled by binding arbitration.
The two-year contract from arbitrator Tim Armstrong establishes a fair
pay grid, reduction of the work week from 44 to 40 hours, more vacation
and more paid holidays, including the Chinese New Year holiday.
"The contract vindicates the decision of staff to chose unionization,"
said union bargaining chair Simon Sung, a graphic designer at the
"This union contract makes it a better place to work and fair
The Ming Pao employees are represented by the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 87-M (Southern Ontario Newsmedia
SOURCE Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (CEP Local 87-M)
For further information:
Paul Morse 1-905-536-5650
Simon Sung 647-404-9428