Boycott the Herald and its advertisers

by Robert Devet

12794620_1062278760477115_5400759312305720933_nThe Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is putting its weight behind the ongoing consumer boycott of Chronicle Herald advertisers.

“There comes a point where you leave people no choice,” says Danny Cavanagh, president of the Federation. “The sooner these companies stop advertising, the sooner the newsroom workers can get back to work.”

The provincial newspaper wants to cut salaries and increase working hours of newsroom workers, significantly reduce their benefits in the defined benefit pension plan, and eliminate seniority considerations when staff are targeted for layoffs.

The journalists, editors and photographers, members of the Halifax Typographical Union, have been on strike for 44 days.

Cavanagh emphasizes that the boycott is only until the conclusion of the strike. “We don’t want to hurt the paper, he says, “but we feel that we are left with no choice.”

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Cavanagh believes that the Federation’s call to not do business with Herald advertisers packs some punch. There are 70,000 union members affiliated with the Federation province-wide, 45,000 of those live in HRM, Cavanagh says.

“Businesses need to understand the importance of unionized workers across the province, and the support that we give one another,” says Cavanagh.

Affiliated unions will be approached, says Cavanagh, and a social media campaign will be directed at union members and the general public.

Secondary pickets of companies that advertise with the Herald will continue. Hotels that continue to distribute the paper for free will also be approached.

The HTU is also asking that readers cancel their newspaper subscription for the duration of the strike.

“If the Herald believes that they can starve the workers out than they are sadly mistaken,” Cavanagh says.

 

Republished from The Nova Scotia Advocate 

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One thought on “Boycott the Herald and its advertisers

  1. What a bunch of hypocrites union people are. Where are the boycotts of companies that sell products made by oppressed labour? Joe Fresh, Walmart, The Gap, Dollar Stores, electronics….etc.
    If I went through the homes of the union presidents like Cavanaugh and Jessome, I would find a lot of clothing, furniture, appliances, etc made by slave labour.
    So give me a break. This boycott is nothing more than grandstanding.
    Shame on the unions – there’s a lot of companies on that list that are good employers and sell products made by a well paid labour force. They should at ALL times be supporting those businesses.

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