Globe and Mail workers will strike at midnight unless deal is met concerning wages, diversity

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Employees of the Globe and Mail will go on strike at midnight until an agreement is reached with the newspaper’s management to raise wages and improve diversity and gender equality in newsrooms.

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In an email obtained by the Star, union representatives told employees that members of the Globe’s editorial, advertising and operations departments voted 89 percent in favor of initiating job action if the standoff with management continued past September 16. Is.

The union has never gone on strike before, but representatives of Unifor Local 87-M told employees and contract workers on Saturday that they would sit on a dharna if key demands were not met.

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“We are ready to walk not only on one issue, but on many issues,” the delegates wrote.

According to union representatives, the Globe has adopted strong disciplinary tools to fast-track dismissals and job transfers, and has refused to raise even normal wages to match the rate of inflation.

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The union also noted that management refuses to “accept or correct” structural pay gaps among editorial staff.

The union wrote to employees, “Despite internal pledges for better diversity and inclusion practices in the workplace, The Globe refuses to commit to binding goals to improve the makeup of its workforce, from new hires to newsroom leadership at all levels.” does.”

“The Globe has also rejected proposals for greater accountability and transparency, whether internal or public, on its recruitment and payment practices.”

In an email circulated to the Globe’s freelancers and contract workers, the union asked that non-union members consider a temporary boycott from management on any work or assignment.

The union representatives wrote, “The key to The Globe’s success is the talent behind its headlines, reporting, photography, illustration, data, video, audio – all it takes to produce and support world-class journalism.”

“We recognize that we have significant leverage as employees, but support from the freelance community will add more weight to any job action we take.”

In the event of a strike, the union will operate its own news website called “Globe Nation” until an agreement is reached with the management.

“We know there are challenges in the industry, but The Globe and Mail is in a more privileged position than most media organizations, with a healthy customer base, diverse revenue streams and the support of its owners, among the richest families in Canada. One from,” the union wrote to employees.

Star has reached out to Globe for comment.

jacob lorinco is a Toronto-based reporter who covers business for the Star. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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