Union: majority of staff at two B.C. newspapers approve deal to save some jobs

B.C. newspaper staff approve job-saving deal

VANCOUVER — A union representing staff at two B.C. newspapers says the employees have voted 82 per cent in favour of an agreement to save some jobs after dozens were served with layoff notices.

Postmedia announced plans last month to lay off 54 employees at the Vancouver Sun and the Province in a bid to cut costs at the newspaper chain.

Unifor Local 2000, which represents the workers, said last Sunday that a tentative deal had been reached with the company that includes saving “a number of jobs.” 

Following Wednesday’s vote in favour of the agreement, the union said the deal will save 21 of the 54 jobs slated for layoff and that a further 20 employees will be able to leave voluntarily through a staff reduction plan or through voluntary severance.

Unifor Local 2000 also said it was able to negotiate protection from involuntary layoffs for the life of the agreement, which runs from April 21, 2017 to April 30, 2020 and does not include a wage increase.

It said Pacific Newspaper Group has the option to open the agreement for negotiation after 18 months, but only for a 30-day window.

Postmedia failed to reach a target it set last fall to reduce its salary costs by 20 per cent and subsequently issued layoff notices to some employees at the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and the Windsor Star.

The union says there were 135 votes in favour of the B.C. agreement and 29 against.

 

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

10 tonnes of plastic cleared from North Coast beaches

Living Oceans Society spent three days sorting the marine debris

Court orders protestors to leave fish farm site

“The adjournment allows us to compile our evidence and present it in 30 days.”

NISS Students find out what journalism is all about

Four students visit the Gazette for a work experience

Disability Tax Credits in jeopardy for Type 1 diabetics

“It’s something I deal with every day of my life.”

Port Hardy Residents still waiting for Telus Fibre Optic

Mansourati was unable to say who Telus would be contracting to finish the ninth fibre serving area.

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Port Alberni resident robbed with weapon, thieves steal thousands

Most of the stolen currency is in Canadian $100 bills. The police investigation is ongoing.

Single vehicle crash on Old Island Highway sends driver to hospital

A single-vehicle crash just north of Courtenay early Friday morning sent one… Continue reading

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

INTERACTIVE MAP: Follow the 2017 Tour de Rock

Follow the Tour de Rock, as they pedal more than 1,000 kilometres fundraising to combat paediatric cancer

Most Read