Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Globe and Mail reaches last-minute deal, averting strike

The Globe and Mail and its unionized staff have reached a last-minute tentative deal, less than an hour before employees were set to walk off the job, the Star's Vanessa Lu reports.
Negotiations went down the wire after Unifor Local 87-M, which represents journalists, sales and administrative staff, set a 4 p.m. Wednesday strike deadline in hopes a hard deadline would result in a settlement.
“There is a tentative agreement,” said Shawn McCarthy, a reporter who speaks on behalf of the unionized staff, in an email. “No details yet and we still have to vote.”
The union’s bargaining committee is unanimously recommending the tentative deal. A ratification vote will likely be called for Thursday and the strike deadline has been suspended until further notice.
A walkout by Globe journalists would have been a first, as they have a strike-free record. The last strike at the Globe was in 1964, when composing room employees walked off the job in a move that led to decertification of the International Typographical Union.

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