TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Talks will resume Tuesday for a new contract at
the Globe and Mail after the newspaper's 450 unionized employees rejected the
company's "final offer" Saturday by an 89% margin.
The company sent a "final offer" to employees by email on Friday which
included pension benefits cuts of between 30 and 50%; salary reductions of
several thousand dollars to a variety of wage categories; a general two-year
wage freeze for all employees; longer work days and a longer work week without
compensation; and many more concessions.
Union members - including reporters, photographers, editors, sales staff,
and circulation representatives - voted 260 to 32 to reject the offer, with
292 votes cast, or 65% of the membership.
Globe Unit Chair Sue Andrew said the result gives the bargaining team a
strong mandate to seek a fairer deal from the employer. She stressed that the
Globe membership, which has never gone on strike in its almost 60-year
history, is sensitive to the declining conditions in the newspaper industry
and is willing to help the employer weather these difficult times. The union,
for example, has indicated its willingness to accept a wage freeze.
"But we are not prepared to accept the gutting of our pension plan,"
Peter Murdoch, Media VP for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers,
expressed concern that the Globe, owned by CTVGlobeMedia, is being asked to
pay for the sins of its parent.
"We are concerned that CTV's woes are at the Globe bargaining table,"
Murdoch said. "The union has offered significant financial relief to the
newspaper. We can't be expected to solve CTV's problems as well."
Brad Honywill, President of CEP Local 87-M, which includes about 3,500
members in newspapers across Ontario, said the Local is prepared for a strike
should that become necessary. He said the Local has a news website ready to
publish with material from Globe reporters and columnists who would no longer
be writing for the Globe.
The current contract expires at midnight Tuesday evening and the company
has threatened to impose the cutbacks in its final offer if a new agreement
isn't reached by then.
For further information:
For further information: Contact Brad Honywill, C: (905) 334-9259