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A gradual return to the office means more change – again

Over the past two years, many CMG members have upended their routines and developed new ways of doing their work, including working from home.

Instead of being temporary though, remote working has become nearly the norm.

In just a few weeks, many will be asked to abandon that new way of working and return to the way it used to be.

For members who’ve been working inside the building the entire time, it will also mean a different type of disruption. There will be more people around. It will be noisier, more crowded and even perhaps more enjoyable?

Regardless of where you find yourself, we have several questions moving forward.

The union continues to ask the corporation to clarify under what circumstances members will be authorized to maintain a remote working arrangement.

So far, we’ve been given no indication that management decisions on these matters will be anything but arbitrary and selective.

We understand a “teleworking” agreement with the corporation must be signed, and we have just received a copy which we are now reviewing. In the meantime, we advise all members to consult your regional CMG staff representative before signing off on anything

The union has continued to raise the issue of remuneration for members who took on extra risk or expenses over the past two years. At this point, we don’t anticipate any additional reimbursement for either working from home, in the field or from the office during the pandemic.           

Please reach out to your staff representative or union official for any support you may need.

In the coming months, to help as more people get back into the workplace, we will offer Conflict Management training, and present another Bystander training session to help identify microaggressions and discrimination issues that can emerge in the physical workplace.

With an eye on safety, we continue to meet regularly with the corporation to ensure you will be working in a safe environment, and that standards and practices that were adopted during the pandemic aren’t abandoned.

Kim Trynacity
CBC/Radio-Canada Branch president, CMG

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