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.

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

By Robert DeVet, rankandfile.ca East Coast correspondent

Recent News

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.

"It's for people everywhere who have been laid off, been shoved into early retirement, dealt with wage cuts, had their pensions slashed, been undervalued, been demeaned by bosses, been told they are no good because they're too old, been forced onto the street and been thrown into untenable situations that undermine the quality of what they do," says Randy Jones, a longtime copy editor and former Ottawa bureau chief at The Chronicle Herald.

On Strike