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Complaints withdrawn in Halifax dispute; talks to resume

The Halifax Typographical Union and The Chronicle Herald have both withdrawn unfair labour practice complaints related to the year-long work stoppage at the newspaper.

The union that represents 55 striking newsroom workers withdrew its complaint today after the Herald agreed to back away from its bad faith bargaining positions.

“With the Herald changing its position, we have gained everything that we had hoped to achieve through the labour board hearing,” said Ingrid Bulmer, president of the CWA Canada Local. “The hearing became unnecessary.”

The hearing before the Nova Scotia Labour Board was scheduled to begin Monday and continue throughout the entire week.

“We withdrew the complaint to engender bargaining,” Bulmer said. “If the company goes back to its unfair bargaining practices, we reserve the right to refile the complaint.”

The Herald also withdrew its complaint about alleged disclosure of confidential information.

“The Herald accusation did not have any merit and was filed only in retaliation to our complaint,” Bulmer said.

The two sides will return to the bargaining table Tuesday. Bulmer said recent bargaining had been positive and she hopes that continued progress will lead to a deal in the near furture.

– See more at: http://www.cwa-scacanada.ca/EN/releases/170131_ulp_hold.shtml#sthash.QLM3lcxU.dpuf

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News Leader Pictorial staff on strike in Duncan

Source: cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Twelve employees at the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial newspaper in Duncan took to the picket lines on Monday in a dispute over proposed changes to their pay structure.

The strike is about blocking the implementation of a two-tier wage system by management, said Unifor Local 2000 representative Peter McQuade.

Right now, employees’ wages increase over time through a classification system. Management is trying to eliminate the top wage classifications for any new employees coming in, McQuade said.

Employees voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action.

McQuade said it was possible the paper would not be able to put out an edition for Wednesday. He had no indication when the strike might be over.

Calls to the News Leader Pictorial’s editor and publisher were not returned Monday morning.

– See more at: http://www.cowichanvalleycitizen.com/news/news-leader-pictorial-staff-on-strike-in-duncan-1.1632965#sthash.QdORmcda.dpuf

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Kennedy Heights closure agreement approved

Local 2000 members who work for PNG at Kennedy Heights have voted 135 to 47 in favour of accepting Postmedia’s latest offer for severance and other matters related to the closure of the printing plant. There was one spoiled ballot.
About 74 percent of the members who cast ballots voted yes to the closure agreement that includes a severance package of $17.5 million. Members had previously turned down a package of $16 million.
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