Winnipeg Free Press unionized employees accepted temporary wage cuts on April 6, 2020 to avoid potential layoffs. Salaries of higher salary Tier 1 employees saw wages cut by 20 per cent and Tier 2 employees saw a 12 per cent reduction or minimum wage (whichever was higher). The same cuts apply to non-unionized employees. 

Wages were fully restored for all union employees in June 2020.

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