Union workers reject offer by Globe paper

Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:20am EDT
 
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By Frank McGurty

TORONTO (Reuters) - Unionized workers at The Globe and Mail overwhelmingly rejected what the Canadian newspaper said was its final contract offer, the union said on Saturday, but the two sides will meet again on Tuesday.

Union members, including journalists, sales staff and circulation workers, voted 260-32 to reject the offer, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union said in a statement.

The Globe and Mail, a division of CTVglobemedia, said on Friday it told workers it would implement the terms of its offer on July 1. The current contract expires a day earlier.

It said it expected to continue publishing the paper and updating its websites in the event of a strike or lockout.

But after the Saturday vote, the union said the paper agreed to resume talks on Tuesday.

A Globe spokeswoman confirmed that the two sides would meet again on Tuesday.

"The purpose is to hear the union response to management's proposal," the spokeswoman, Nancy Evans, said by email.

The union said Globe workers were prepared for a strike if necessary. The union said its members at the newspaper have never gone out on strike in its almost 60-year history.   Continued...