Newspaper union: Job deal approved
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.