Expectations low as Chronicle Herald workers prep for meeting with the company

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Update June 1, 2016: Halifax Typographical Union president Ingrid Bulmer said negotiations with representatives of the Halifax Chronicle Herald have continued into this week. No information will be provided about the negotiations while they are ongoing, Bulmer said.

Newspaper workers from Nova Scotia's Halifax Chronicle Herald are gearing up for a meeting with company management this week following four months on the picket line.

The Halifax Typographical Union (HTU), which represents 57 striking editorial workers, announced on its facebook page today that a meeting had been scheduled with paper management for Friday May 27.

No contact has been made between the parties since a few days into the legal strike, which began on January 23.

"Meetings are scheduled for Friday, but forgive us if we don't have especially high expectations," the HTU said on its facebook post.

"The take-it-or-leave-it contract they offered back in January contained so many significant concessions on our part, labour experts across Canada said it was nothing more than an attempt to dismantle the union."

The announcement today follows last week's news that the union, which has set up its own online media outlet Local Xpress, was expanding the service and had "entered into a revenue-sharing partnership with a digital news company in a bid to compete more aggressively with their employer."

HTU members are striking over wide-ranging editorial changes, including significant staff lay-offs and salary reductions, proposed by management during collective bargaining.


For more information on the Halifax Chronicle Herald workers' strike read here.

Teuila Fuatai is a recent transplant to Canada from Auckland, New Zealand. She settled in Toronto in September following a five-month travel stint around the United States. In New Zealand, she worked as a general news reporter for the New Zealand Herald and APNZ News Service for four years after studying accounting, communication and politics at the University of Otago. As a student, she had her own radio show on the local university station and wrote for the student magazine. She is rabble's labour beat reporter this year.

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