G&M, Unifor Reach Tentative Deal

(TORONTO, ON) – Unionized employees of the Globe and Mail reached a tentative agreement with the national newspaper Wednesday 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 per cent. 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.

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1 Comment on "G&M, Unifor Reach Tentative Deal"

  1. The merger came because the union membership is slowly dwindling, they are less and less unionized companies. No employee should be forced into joining a union if they wish not too, that is our freedom and right. The union has done some good, but they also have created a lot of unemployment in Ontario, and I can see it getting worse not better.

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