Globe, union reach tentative agreement

Both sides looked over the abyss and stepped back. Despite its “final offer” last week, a mediator found enough room for both sides to save some face. Ratification on Monday; don’t think it’ll be a problem. No details till then.

Reuters, July 3 2009

Globe/union get extension till Thursday midnight

Typically, once a final offer is on the table bargaining stops, and the next step when the final offer is refused is strike/lockout. The Globe and Mail and its union, though, have opted for mediation, to the above deadline. It doesn’t mean a deal is imminent though; a mediator first has to determine whether there’s room for negotiation (if not, the mediator then files a report that the two sides are deadlocked). Assuming there is, most mediators want both sides to give up some demands before filing a mediation report recommending a contract. Then both sides have to vote on that contract. At this point, I’m betting on lockout or strike. Since there’s a media ban on this (nice how the media exempt themselves from the usual coverage they provide) we likely won’t know till Friday morning what the result is.

CP/Canoe, June 29 2009

Union rejects Globe final offer

A strike or lockout at the Globe as early as Thursday is possible as the CEP local at the Globe and Mail rejected what management described as its final offer. While there is some talk of the sides going back to the table on Tuesday, it’s difficult to do so after one side has tabled what it calls a final offer. There is some possibility of mediation/conciliation, in which a third party steps in to try to bring the two sides together. I’m not sure what the Globe’s strategy is on this; the National Post could make some gains if a Globe strike/lockout make it the only “national” newspaper left (I hesitate to call it a national newspaper when it doesn’t provide home delivery in six provinces — Atlantic Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.)

Reuters, June 27 2009

Globe gets strike vote

There are still a couple of bargaining dates to go, but the CEP local at the Globe has given the bargaining committee a 97 per cent majority vote to go on strike. Many rollbacks (at least according to the union; management isn’t talking) and a 7.2 per cent pay hike over 6 years. That would kill it for me; inflation is expected to roar back with a vengeance next year, as government money pumps it’s way into the world financial system. The current contract expires June 30, but under Canadian law the existing contract is in place after expiry until a new one is signed, so there’s no immediate fear of a strike.

Canadian Press, June 20 2009