Twelve Unifor members at the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial have been on strike since December 1 to defeat a scheme by the employer to give inferior wages and benefits to new hires.
“New workers with the same training and the same skills deserve the same pay, pure and simple,” said Unifor Local 2000 plant chair Lara Stuart. “We would rather strike than let the next generation down.”
Talks broke down between the Cowichan News Leader (Black Press) and Unifor Local 2000 when the employer refused to back down from a scheme to give new employees inferior compensation.
“Bargaining is always about give and take,” said Mike Bocking, President of Unifor Local 2000. “But we draw the line at sacrificing future members including journalists, sales representatives, clerical, and ad builders.”