Ming Pao employees launch union drive

TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Employees at one of Toronto's highest circulation Chinese-language newspapers, launched a union drive today to resolve long-term dissatisfaction with wages, benefits and working conditions.

An open organizing committee of four employees, from a broad range of departments at the newspaper, presented management with a letter announcing the drive at the start of business today.

The employees are seeking to form a union under Local 87M of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), Canada's largest media union. Local 87M, also known as the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (SONG), has already organized two other Chinese-language newspapers in Toronto, Sing Tao and World Journal.

"Ming Pao employees want to have a voice in their working lives," said Brad Honywill, president of CEP Local 87M. "They know, the only way to do that effectively is to form a union."

CEP Local 87M represents 34 media workplaces across Ontario, including the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, London Free Press, Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Region Record, Metroland and NOW Magazine.

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For further information: For further information:

Brad Honywill
President, CEP Local 87M
Cell: 905-334-9259
Email: brad@song.on.ca
Web: www.song.on.ca

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