In January 2016 the Nova Scotia Advocate did a story on Tom Ayers, striking Chronicle Herald reporter in Sydney, Cape Breton. Almost a year later, with the strike still dragging on, we thought we’d give him another call. Ayers talks about settling into his new daily routine, the impressive support from the community, and how he gained a new understanding of what union solidarity is all about.

A letter from Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL), asking locals affiliated with his organization to consider making a much-needed donation to the Chronicle Herald newsroom workers. It’s not easy to make ends meet on just strike pay. We are re-posting Danny’s letter in the hope that some of our readers will decide to also make a donation. After all, it’s that time of the year.

Martin O’Hanlon, president of CWA Canada, the union that is engaged in a defensive strike against the Chronicle Herald, sets the record straight. “The saddest part about this dispute is that it is so unnecessary. As a responsible union, we understand when a company is facing financial challenges and we’re willing to help. That’s why we have agreed to major monetary concessions.”