Thursday, 24 May 2007

Ottawa deal?

Negotiators on both sides of the Ottawa Sun/Sun Media contract talks were quiet last night, but a reliable source says a tentative deal was reached and will be voted on today.

The 32 unionized newsroom employees set a Monday midnight deadline last week and then extended the deadline to midnight Wednesday.

The union members have been negotiating for their first three-year contract since March of 2006.

A settlement for the CEP employees would be timely, with the Ottawa Senators about to compete in the Stanley Cup finals.

The 50 unionized London Free Press employees, members of CEP's Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guide, settled May 11 for 2% pay hikes in each year of their new three-year contract.

Meanwhile, more than 250 Journal de Quebec employees, members of CUPE, continue their month-long lockout/sympathy strike in Quebec City.

And newsroom employees at Sun Media's Simcoe Reformer have set a midnight May 29 strike deadline in their negotiations.

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