Free Press strike ends

The striking workers at the Winnipeg Free Press have agreed to the company’s offer and the deal was ratified on Oct. 28.

Free Press publisher Bob Cox thanked the workers for voting in favour and welcomed them back to work. The paper is scheduled to be back in readers’ hands on Oct. 30.

According to a story on the paper’s website, employees accepted wage increases of two per cent annually for the next five years and the increase raises the annual wage of a senior reporter to $72,000 immediately and to $77,000 by the end of the contract. In addition newspaper carriers will also see a two per cent increase plus a new formula will be used to raise the fuel reimbursement as fuel prices increase.

The website that strikers had set up and continued to post news to has been taken down, but the splash page that remains thanks the 1″82,687 of you for supporting us, the employees of the Winnipeg Free Press, during our strike action.”