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Bargaining update: the view from our side of the table

Your CMG bargaining committee has been meeting regularly with delegates of VisionTV management since late July of last year. Since the beginning of negotiations, the two sides have explored a number of important issues:

Annual vacation
Leave (sick leave, self-funded leave etc.)
Temporary employees
Students and interns
Grievance/Dispute resolution and arbitration
Discipline and discharge

This is not an exhaustive list; other topics have also been discussed. In most cases, formal proposals have been made and discussed. We are very close to agreement on several articles; others need additional fine-tuning. We are pleased with the progress, and especially the tone, of the negotiations so far.

As much as possible, we try to talk about the issues before drafting a proposal, rather than the other way around. That way we have an opportunity to identify areas of agreement, rather than either side having to fight a major battle.

There are a number of major areas that have yet to be discussed, many of them being financial in nature. Traditionally monetary issues are the last to be dealt with; both sides usually want to reach agreement on as many non-monetary issues as possible first.

At this point we are not working toward any specific deadline, although both sides have expressed a desire to get the best possible deal as quickly as we can.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the bargaining committee.

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