Monday, June 22, 2009

The Globe and Mail: Bargaining from a bully pulpit

Several column inches, inside front cover of page two is valuable real estate to a newspaper. Today the Globe and Mail used it to write about the pending strike by Globe unions, including editorial, advertising and circulation workers. Ostensibly a straight news story it makes a point of laying out the Globe's bargaining position and drops strong hints about tough times for journalism and the need for concessions.

Will the unions be offered the same column inches and position to present their viewpoint as well?

The deadline for a settlement after the overwhelming vote for a strike mandate is midnight June 30. I need to start planning on an alternative daily paper - I certainly won't be buying the products of scab labour.

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