Striking union says Chronicle Herald refuses to return to bargaining table
Christian Laforce, right, photojournalist, waves at supporters while joining other Chronicle Herald newsroom union members picketing outside the newspaper's office in Halifax on Monday, January 25, 2016. (Darren Calabrese/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, March 12, 2016 1:56PM EST
HALIFAX -- Newsroom employees at Canada's largest independent daily newspaper say management refuses to return to the bargaining table as a strike enters its seventh week.
The Halifax Typographical Union, which represents 59 editorial staff at the Chronicle Herald, says it reached out to management through a conciliator, but the company said it didn't feel the union was ready to make concessions.
The union says before the strike started on Jan. 23, they offered to agree to a five per cent wage cut, a cap on severance pay, reduced mileage rates and fewer vacation days.
But it says the company is insisting on about 1,200 changes that would "gut" the existing collective agreement.
The union says those changes include longer work weeks, drastically reduced severance provisions and the elimination of job security.
Union president Ingrid Bulmer says they are willing to return to the bargaining table at any time.
The Herald did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday.