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The inconsistency of strike coverage

September 3, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Emily Leedham of the Press Progress in Canada writes about the inconsistencies of strike coverage.

Leedham writes, “While more strike coverage happens in Ontario compared to the rest of the country, there are still labour actions outside Toronto that do not get much attention. Strikes in smaller Ontario communities are usually covered by local outlets with fewer resources and rarely make national headlines.

“For example, a motor grader — a large piece of heavy machinery used on farms and construction sites — advanced on a small town picket line in Cochrane, Ontario a few weeks ago. The OPP says they are investigating the incident and thankfully no one was injured. There hasn’t been an update on the incident in over two weeks.

“This is often what happens when lower profile strikes or lockouts drag out anywhere in the country — weeks or months can go by without coverage.

“Take the Coca-Cola strike in Richmond, BC, for example. 400 Coca-Cola workers have been on strike for over month and there hasn’t been any coverage for the last three weeks except for a food website reporting that Coca-Cola is not available in many local grocery stores.”

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