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Corrects quote in paragraph 4 to read "could agree" instead of "have agreed," clarifying that the two sides have not agreed to continue bargaining
TORONTO (Reuters) - Unionized employees at the Toronto Star, Canada's biggest daily newspaper, have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a strike and could be off the job as early as this weekend if contract talks fail to lead to a deal.
According to a Web site produced by the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild, employees at the Torstar Corp (TSb.TO) flagship newspaper voted 96 percent on Wednesday in favor of a strike.
About 765 workers in departments such as editorial, advertising and circulation could go on strike as early as 12:01 a.m. Toronto time on Saturday.
"However, as has happened many times in the past, both sides could agree to continue bargaining beyond that time," said Star spokesman Bob Hepburn.
The last time that employees in the departments affected by the talks went on strike was in 1992.
"We've had two other small strikes since then, but not involving editorial, advertising and circulation," Hepburn said.
A union spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
Torstar shares fell 9 Canadian cents to C$17.91 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Reporting by Wojtek Dabrowski; Editing by Rob Wilson