Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gazette workers reject offer, Journal locks out staff in Montreal

Unionized employees in both the editorial and reader sales departments of the Montreal Gazette rejected the company's latest contract offer on Sunday.

The editorial department, which includes reporters, copy editors and photographers, voted 80.5 per cent against the offer, according to a posting on the Gazette's website.

In reader sales and services, 73 per cent voted against the contract.

The vote followed a recommendation from the Montreal Newspaper Guild that its members reject the offer. There's no word yet whether workers will walk off the job.

Management at the Gazette had no immediate comment.

About 200 editorial, sales and advertising staff have been working without a contract since June. Employees voted in favour of a strike mandate in September.

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