Halifax Chronicle Herald staff approve new contract after 18-month strike

A labour dispute at Canada’s largest independently owned daily newspaper ended Thursday after striking workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new contract.

Newsroom employees at the Halifax Chronicle Herald voted 94 per cent in favour of the new eight-year deal, which union president Ingrid Bulmer described as a “relief” for members who have spent 18 months on the picket line.

“It’s been a long haul,” the head of the Halifax Typographical Union, a local of CWA Canada, said after Thursday’s vote. “Most people are just relieved to have this chapter closed.”

Of the roughly 60 reporters, photographers, editors and support staff that walked off the job in January 2016, 25 will return to work next week, 26 are laid off, one is moving to Herald’s newly-acquired Cape Breton Post newspaper and the rest quit during the protracted strike.

Chronicle Herald president and CEO Mark Lever said the company was pleased the union accepted the offer.

“We want to welcome our award-winning team of almost 30 journalists back to the newsroom,” he said in a statement. “They will be working alongside a team of correspondents located across the province to deliver the local coverage, perspective and insights Nova Scotians want and need.”

Lever also thanked former newsroom employees who are not returning for their contributions to the paper.

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