Ten­ta­tive deal reached

Hal­i­fax Chron­i­cle Her­ald and strik­ing work­ers

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

The Hal­i­fax Chron­i­cle Her­ald and the union rep­re­sent­ing the pa­per’s strik­ing news­room work­ers have reached a ten­ta­tive agree­ment in their 18-month-old labour dis­pute.

The Saltwire Net­work, which owns the Chron­i­cle Her­ald, and the Hal­i­fax Ty­po­graph­i­cal Union said in a joint state­ment Satur­day that a deal was reached after two days of me­di­a­tion. Saltwire Net­work also owns The Guardian and Jour­nal Pioneer on P.E.I.

“(The par­ties) are pleased to fo­cus on putting this dif­fi­cult pe­riod be­hind them,” the state­ment said. “We look for­ward to work­ing to­gether to pro­vide Nova Sco­tians with the news and in­for­ma­tion they rely upon.”

The em­ploy­ees were ex­pected to vote on whether to ac­cept the agree­ment in com­ing days.

The terms of the deal have not been re­leased.

Martin O’Han­lon, the pres­i­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers of Amer­ica Canada, which is the par­ent of the lo­cal Hal­i­fax Ty­po­graph­i­cal Union, said the strik­ing em­ploy­ees will not re­turn to work un­til the agree­ment has been rat­i­fied.

Both par­ties thanked me­di­a­tor Wil­liam Ka­plan, who was ap­pointed by the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment in July to help the two sides reach a set­tle­ment.

Derek Mom­bour­quette, the prov­ince’s act­ing labour min­is­ter, com­mended all par­ties in­volved in the dis­cus­sions for their hard work over the long week­end.

“I hope this be­gins the process of re­build­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two par­ties,” Mom­bour­quette said in a state­ment.

The Chron­i­cle Her­ald is Canada’s largest in­de­pen­dently owned daily news­pa­per.

About 60 union­ized re­porters, pho­tog­ra­phers, ed­i­tors and sup­port staff walked off the job on Jan. 23, 2016, over a list of con­tract con­ces­sions that the com­pany said were needed to cope with eco­nomic chal­lenges af­fect­ing the North Amer­i­can news­pa­per in­dus­try.

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