Two pieces of good news for La Presse today: They’ve reached a deal in principle with their last union – representing distribution workers – and the editorial union has voted 93% in favour of a new contract. Later today, two smaller units, representing IT workers (11/11 in favour) and office workers (29/55, or 53% in favour) also approved their new contracts.
This effectively means that La Presse won’t be shut down on Dec. 1 as it had threatened to do.
The distribution workers will vote on their deal Monday, so we won’t know the details until then.
But we know what’s in the editorial contract (or at least most of it). I’m waiting for a copy of the full contract, but here’s what’s being reported (Radio-Canada, CP, Gazette, Trente, Rue Frontenac):
- The work week changes from 32 hours over four days to 35 hours over five days, at the same salary. Those who want to keep the four-day work week can become part-time employees (28 hours a week).
- Salaries remain frozen for 2010 and 2011, but will go up by 2% for each of the last two years. The maximum salary goes to $90,000 in 2012 and $95,000 in 2013. Those who work 40 hours a week have their salaries frozen until 2017.
- Employees will now pay 100% of dental insurance premiums, and 60% of medial premiums
- As of Jan. 3, pensions will no longer be adjusted to the cost of living
- Less vacation: they get 5 weeks at 14 years of service instead of nine, 6 weeks at 22 years instead of 20, and the 7-week vacation plateau has been eliminated. But employees get six more mobile vacation days a year.
- Employees of La Presse and Cyberpresse are merged under the same unit and will be treated equally.
As a result of the deal, La Presse foresees no layoffs of permanent editorial employees, but expects five to take voluntary departures.