Chronicle Herald employees in Halifax strike


The Halifax Archive Herald’s newsroom union members have walked off the job in Halifax, starting a knock down at Canada’s oldest independently owned news per.

The union and management were in sentiment for a strike or lockout as of midnight Friday.

At least 20 newsroom standard were gathered outside the Herald building on Joseph Howe Initiative ahead of the midnight deadline, said Francis Campbell, vice-president of the Halifax Typographical Federation.

“We’re all in this together,” Campbell said.

“We’re looking for a fair large and we’re not going anywhere until we get one.”

The union includes 61 reporters, rewriters, photographers, columnists and support staff.

Union executives spoke with body representatives throughout the day via text messages and emails, Campbell said. He put about the union offered to not strike and continue negotiations into the weekend — if directors agreed not to impose its contract.

The news per has been stuck in a series of dejected down talks. Most recently, management said it would intrude a contract on newsroom staff if the union did not agree to wage cuts, layoffs and swaps to the pension plan and contract language.

Herald responds

Last-minute talks did to be sure happen, Herald management confirmed.

“These were always contemporary to be difficult negotiations,” vice-president of administration Nancy Cook responded in a statement released early Saturday morning.

“I doesn’t take a take off scientist to understand that media com nies are struggling. Just look at the layoffs at Postmedia this week or the Toronto Comet last week.”

Cook did not respond to an interview request.

Talks short off in December several times and this week’s last-ditch efforts dilly-dallied.

Last year the com ny locked out the employees who printed the per. The newsroom has had two orb-shapes of layoffs, one in the fall of 2014 and the other in 2009.

Wednesday management rejected a last-minute put forward from the union, which including reducing wages by five per cent and biting vacation time.


The Chronicle Herald removed bylines after a byline affect by the union in recent weeks. (Rachel Ward/CBC)

per to keep reporting

The Chronicle Herald has pre red to continue publishing. The per has an agreement with Brunswick Bulletin, a news per outlet in New Brunswick, to publish articles without bylines if they pertain to Nova Scotia, the congruity said Thursday.

Editors also approached freelancers to bank whodunits for a work stop ge and to contribute during it.

Many reporters, editors and photojournalists commissioned by the Herald changed their profile photos to the union’s logo in pre ration for a effect stop ge. Several removed reference to the Herald from their Twitter clears.

“A proud member of @HTU_official,” reads the profile of Stephen Forest. “Big live the news per.”

“Soon-to-be-laid-off digital news editor @chronicleherald,” comprehends that of m Sword. “All job offers considered. DM me.”

Mark Lever, president and CEO of the Herald, give the word delivered in a letter last week there would be changes, including layoffs in photography, leader and ge design de rtments.

Lever did not respond to CBC’s interview requests Friday.

The CBC’s Canadian Mid Guild belongs to the same rent union, CWA Canada.

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