Toronto Star, union reach tentative agreement

Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:05pm EST
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Star, Canada's biggest newspaper, reached a tentative agreement with its unionized employees on Saturday to avoid a strike, after six day of mediated negotiations.

"We are pleased that we could come together in an historic agreement that reflects the constructive relationship between the Star and its staff," Jagoda Pike, publisher of the Star, said in a statement.

The deal was reached after talks between the company and the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, which represents 765 staff at the newspaper in areas including editorial, advertising, circulation and pre-publishing.

"Both sides had to compromise," said Guild unit chair Maureen Dawson. "But we think the outcome is an acceptable alternative to a long, bitter strike that would have done serious harm to our paper," she said in a statement.

On Wednesday, employees at the Torstar Corp flagship newspaper voted 96 percent in favor of a strike.

Details of the agreement are confidential, pending a ratification vote by the union, which is expected in the coming days, the Star said.

(Reporting by Renato Andrade; Editing by Peter Cooney)

 
<p>A pedestrian walks past a Toronto Star newspaper box in front of the Toronto Star building at One Yonge Street in Toronto January 18, 2008. The Toronto Star reached a tentative agreement with its unionized employees on Saturday to avoid a strike, after six day of mediated negotiations. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>