Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00133 (Downsview Offsite) - Toronto Newspaper Guild Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00133 (Downsview Offsite)


Toronto Newspaper Guild Papers


  • 1948-1972 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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138 boxes and items

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The Toronto Newspaper Guild was started by a small group of Toronto newsroom workers in 1937 with the daunting task of organizing the newsrooms of the four Toronto dailies then publishing. Its first decade was largely a story of failure. Although it nearly died, it was resurrected in 1948 and was able to demonstrate majority support in the newsroom. The Guild's first contract in Toronto was signed in April 1949, containing the milestone pay rate of $75 a week for reporters with four years of experience. The late 1960s and the 1970s were a stable period for the union, as the Guild settled into perhaps a too-cozy relationship with the newspaper companies. The union, recognizing it was more than just a Toronto organization, changed its name in the late 1970s to the Southern Ontario Newspaper Guild.

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The collection consists of case files, manuals and minutes of meetings of the Toronto Newspaper Guild.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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