News­pa­per union: Job deal ap­proved

Times Colonist - - Business -

VAN­COU­VER — A union rep­re­sent­ing staff at two B.C. news­pa­pers said the em­ploy­ees have voted 82 per cent in favour of an agree­ment to save some jobs af­ter dozens were served with lay­off no­tices. Postmedia an­nounced plans last month to lay off 54 em­ploy­ees at the Van­cou­ver Sun and the Prov­ince in a bid to cut costs at the news­pa­per chain. Uni­for Lo­cal 2000, which rep­re­sents the work­ers, said last Sun­day a ten­ta­tive deal had been reached with the com­pany that in­cludes sav­ing “a num­ber of jobs.” Fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s vote in favour of the agree­ment, the union said the deal will save 21 of the 54 jobs slated for lay­off and that a fur­ther 20 em­ploy­ees will be able to leave vol­un­tar­ily through a staff-re­duc­tion plan or through vol­un­tary sev­er­ance. Uni­for Lo­cal 2000 also said it was able to ne­go­ti­ate pro­tec­tion from in­vol­un­tary lay­offs for the life of the agree­ment, which runs to April 30, 2020, and does not in­clude a wage in­crease.

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