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Globe and Mail unionized workers approve new contract

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Unionized workers at The Globe and Mail voted Thursday to approve a new contract.

About 84 per cent of those voting backed the deal.

The three-year pact includes annual wage increases of one, two and two per cent.

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The union said major issues in dispute had involved restructuring of job security provisions and a company proposal to have journalists write advertorial copy for advertisers.

"Our success in fending off The Globe's advertorial proposal protects the integrity and reputation of our journalists and of The Globe and Mail itself," said Sue Andrew, chairwoman of the Globe unit of Unifor, which represents 374 journalists, ad sales people and administrative staff at the media company.

The deal was reached Wednesday, just ahead of a strike deadline set by the union.

"This new three-year collective agreement provides us with the ability to adapt to the rapidly changing media landscape," Globe Publisher and CEO Phillip Crawley said in a note to staff after the vote.

The Canadian Press is jointly owned by the parent companies of The Globe, The Toronto Star and Montreal's La Presse.

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