September 2017 brought an announcement heralded as surprising by even the announcers themselves: a group of National Post newsroom staff was seeking to unionize their workplace, one of Canada’s major national dailies and a bastion of outspoken conservatism since its creation by Conrad Black in 1998. Acknowledging that “some might even consider this a hell-freezes-over moment,” the organizing team for the union noted they nonetheless had as much reason to unionize as any other group of workers.
But after a months-long campaign, an overbearing response from management that included targeted buyouts and what a former staffer describes as “intimidation,” and a battle at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, hell has remained decidedly unfrozen. With a number of the union’s original organizers and supporters unable to cast ballots after taking buyouts, the Post’s unionization effort failed in late April by a vote of 31-32.
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