National newspaper turns collective agreement on its head

Union fights Bell Globemedia's move to contract out copyeditors
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/16/2013

Globe and Mail editor John Stackhouse wrote to employees in May 2010 to announce the newspaper’s plans to contract out copyediting work — but the union treated that announcement as a typo.

The Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild (SONG) argued the Globe and Mail’s actions were a violation of a letter of understanding (LOU) contained in the collective agreement.

The union negotiated the LOU in 2002 following the online "convergence" of the Globe and Mail, CTV and Bell into a new corporate entity, which was designed to merge content into a new online platform called Bell Globemedia Interactive (BGM).