Unionized Globe employees withhold bylines for 24 hours in show of solidarity
Globe and Mail reporters and columnists represented by Unifor Local 87-M withdrew their bylines from today's edition of the paper, and from anything published on Globe and Mail digital properties over a 24-hour period that ended at noon today.
The action was taken to signal to the employer and to the public our determination to win a fair contract after the expiration of our last negotiated agreement at midnight tonight. The company has put a "final" offer on the table and we will vote on it Wednesday, though the bargaining committee has recommended rejection. It contains substantial weakening of job security language, a significant cut to base pay for some advertising sales representatives, and a requirement that editorial staff — save reporters — work on advertorial copy. The company has signalled its intent to have reporters do so after three years.
We hope both sides will return to the bargaining table and conclude a fair and acceptable agreement.