Chronicle Herald newsroom votes in favour of strike
Conciliation talks start Wednesday
Unionized newsroom employees at Nova Scotia's largest daily newspaper voted overwhelmingly Saturday in favour of strike action.
More than 96 per cent of the Halifax Typographical Union members at The Chronicle Herald in Halifax voted to strike if they can't reach a settlement with management.
Union members are concerned about the company's proposal to cut starting salaries for reporters and photographers by $12,000.
"The membership is very clear that the company’s plan to turn back the clock on salaries is unacceptable," union local 30310 president Stephen Forest said Saturday in a news release.
"We care about the salaries of future employees because of the long-term implications it has all for employees."
The union will begin conciliation talks with the newspaper on Wednesday. It cannot take strike action until that process is complete.
Nearly 92 per cent of the union's 84 members — reporters, photographers, editors and support staff who work in Halifax and at several bureaus around the province — cast a ballot.
Union members have been without a contract since November 21, 2011.
The HTU is affiliated with CWA / SCA Canada, the country’s oldest media union and represents journalists in newspapers, television and radio across Canada.