Sean Craig reports in the Financial Post:
Union members at the Vancouver Sun and Province approved a new collective agreement with Postmedia on Wednesday that will save 21 jobs at the two publications.
Postmedia Network Inc. announced it would lay off 54 people at Pacific Newspaper Group, its British Columbia subsidiary that oversees the two newspapers. That followed 38 voluntary buyouts at PNG in January, which Unifor said taken together with the layoffs would have amounted to a 42 per cent reduction in staff levels.
Under the terms of the new CBA, all non advertising employees agreed to work nine days every two weeks, thus taking a ten per cent pay cut in order to save their colleagues’ jobs. Advertising staff will also see a ten per cent salary cut, but will still have to work the same full time hours with the opportunity to make up the reduction in pay through commission.
Unifor Local 2000 members voted 82 per cent in favour of the new agreement at a meeting held Wednesday evening.
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