Labour Federation supports call for boycott of companies advertising in Chronicle Herald

By Joan Wark
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Halifax, N.S. – As 59 unionized journalists, photographers and editors head into day 43 of their strike, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is joining the Halifax Typographical Union in their call for a boycott of companies who advertise in the Chronicle Herald.

Nova Scotia Federation of President Danny Cavanagh says that companies that advertise are only prolonging the strike by members of HTU Local 30130.

On January 23, the company turned down the union’s offer of broad concessions, including a five percent wage cut and imposed harsh conditions that would gut grievance procedures, seniority protection in layoffs, severance payments, move senior, long-service editing staff out of the union and effectively destroy the bargaining unit. The company is also seeking major pension changes.

“This is not only union-busting,” says Cavanagh”, it is deliberate behavior by Herald management that will destroy quality, award-winning journalism in Nova Scotia”.

“We call on advertisers to think twice before giving money to advertise in the Chronicle Herald, a company whose end game is no union, cheap labour and no benefits.

“Support real news by real journalists and don’t do business with a company managed by a CEO who has already bankrupted 2 companies and seems determined to make it three”, says Cavanagh in conclusion.

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