Halifax Typographical Union

The Halifax Typographical Union, founded in 1869, is one of the oldest unions in Canada.
The newsroom workers joined composing room and pressroom members in 1999.

Until the current management of The Chronicle Herald locked out the 13 members of our pressroom unit in January 2015, the union had never been involved in a labour dispute. The company forced 61 members of the newsroom unit into a defensive strike one year later.

Our 72 members work in the pressroom, composing room/prepress, newsroom and library of The Chronicle Herald.

The HTU is Local 30130 of CWA Canada, which represents 6,000 media workers at news organizations across the country, including major newspapers, the CBC and The Canadian Press. Along with The News Guild, it is part of the 700,000-strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), which has a $400-million strike fund to defend its members’ interests.

Even though the Herald's newsroom staff has been on strike for more than 15 months, the company is expanding its holdings.

The CBC's Rachel Ward reports on our unfair labour practice complaint and the employer's 32-

Recent News

By Robert DeVet, rankandfile.ca East Coast correspondent

Chronicle Herald newsroom workers have been walking the picket line since management left them no choice but to go on strike more than seven months ago.

Our president, Ingrid Bulmer, was on Information Morning on Sept. 2 to talk about our seven-month strike and how The Chronicle Herald has imported a security company from British Columbia to monitor our peaceful, mostly middle-aged members. The company, we've discovered, has spent some $400,000 on useless security - even as it tells us it needs huge monetary concessions that aren't being demanded by any other newspaper publisher in Canada.

Moira Donovan of the CBC filed this story to CBC's online service:

Union-busting 101: CBC's Rachel Ward talked to labour experts when the strike began.
Read her article here.

Award-winning reporter Mary Ellen MacIntyre is the youngest of 12 children and a proud Cape Bretoner who grew up in Glace Bay hearing about the 12-hour days, the child labour and the company stores “that owned you because there was nowhere else to go.”

To read her story, click here.

On Strike