Brad Honywill, president of CEP Local 87M, responds to the Maclean's story:
"The situation in Quebec is quite different than Ontario.
"Both Le Journal de Quebec and Le Journal de Montreal had very rich contracts that were the envy of newspaper workers across North America.
"They had a four-day, 32-hour work week, for example, and were paid overtime for vacation to recognize the extra costs that are incurred in travelling. They even got time off when going through a divorce.
"That put a big target on their backs when the newspaper industry went into decline.
"While unionized workers at Sun Media newspapers in Ontario are well-paid, they aren't out of line with what is paid at other unionized papers in their market.
"Ultimately, we see no sign that Quebecor will take a similar stand in Ontario.
"That being said, we applaud the tenacity and courage of the Journal de Montreal journalists and support staff who put everything they had into defending their contract.
"We supported them throughout and now have a much closer connection than before the lockout."
Thank you for the update, Brad.