London Free Press’s Norm DeBono wins 2016 labour journalism award

TORONTO, September 19, 2016

London Free Press’s Norm DeBono has won this year’s Unifor Local 87-M Labour Journalism Award for his body of work on labour issues in 2015.

De Bono explored the impact of provincial government cuts to children’s aid society budgets by focusing on how they would affect London’s most vulnerable children and their families where program and staffing cuts would translate into less investment in supports aimed at keeping families together and helping victims of abuse.

De Bono also delved in-depth into auto sector bargaining, took an under-the-hood look at a politically-charged, controversial $15-billion federal deal to supply Saudi Arabia with armoured vehicles, including the benefits of the deal for workers at General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, and examined the possible implications on labour of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

“Norm’s work exemplifies the best in insightful and comprehensive reporting of labour-related issues in Ontario,” said Paul Morse, president of Unifor Local 87-M.

This is the 10th year of the award, designed to recognize excellence in reporting about work-related issues. Past winners have reported on topics as far ranging as the plight of nannies, the impacts of right-to work legislation in the United States, and the demise of a historic Canadian steel mill.

Unifor Local 87-M represents 2,400 newspaper and broadcast workers across southern Ontario, including at Metroland community newspapers, CFPL CTV London, Toronto Sun, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, London Free Press and Hamilton Spectator.

Unifor is the largest private-sector union in Canada representing more than 310,000 workers across all major sectors of the economy.