Metroland Media Toronto journalist Joanna Lavoie won this year’s Unifor Local 87-M Labour Journalism Award for her coverage of a labour dispute at one of Toronto’s oldest and largest social service agencies.
Lavoie’s reporting took readers inside the first-ever strike at the 78-year-old WoodGreen Community Services last year when 500 staff walked off the job after half a year of negotiations.
The strike lasted two weeks.
Lavoie’s win shows that great labour reporting happens across the media, from community papers such as the Beach-Riverdale Mirror to major outlets newspapers,” said Unifor 87-M President Paul Morse.
Her work shows the importance of labour issues to the community, he said.