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Globe and Mail employees reject contract offer; talks scheduled for July 8

TORONTO - Unionized employees at the Globe and Mail have voted to reject the latest contract offer from the company.

Bargaining unit spokesman Shawn McCarthy says 92.3 per cent of employees who voted on Wednesday rejected the offer, as recommended by the bargaining committee.

McCarthy says Unifor — which represents journalists, ad sales people and administrative staff — and the Globe have scheduled talks. Globe and Mail spokesman Sean Humphrey says the company has agreed to one day of mediation with Unifor on July 8.

Unifor Local 87-M had said on its website that the offer contained weakened job security language, and would cut base pay for some advertising sales representatives.

The union also said it contained a requirement that editorial staff — except for reporters — work on advertorial copy.

The Canadian Press is jointly owned by the parent companies of the Globe, the Toronto Star and Montreal La Presse.

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