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Globe and Mail workers vote to back strike mandate

Globe and Mail unionized workers on Saturday voted 97 per cent in favour of authorizing their bargaining committee to call a strike unless the company comes up with a better contract offer.

Strike could begin at midnight June 30

Globe and Mail news and sales employees on Saturday voted 97 per cent in favour of authorizing their bargaining committee to call a strike unless the company comes up with a better deal to replace their expiring contract.

The 500 editorial, advertising and circulation workers' current four-year contract expires on June 30, and a strike or lockout at the Toronto-based daily newspaper could take place on midnight of that day.

Brad Honywill, president of Local 87-M of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, which represents the employees, told The Canadian Press that the vote shows a historic level of support.

He added that Saturday's vote has sent a strong message to the company — an almost unanimous rejection of its offer.

Management at the newspaper, owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., has proposed a six-year-contract, with a total compounded salary increase of 7.2 per cent over the six years.

It has also proposed one unpaid week off each year for all employees, a longer work day of 7.5 hours with no extra pay for the extra half-hour, overtime paid at straight time for the first half-hour, and changes to company pensions. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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