CBC employees have told the Guild bargaining committee they are concerned about management’s proposal that would allow the Corporation to hire “without limitation” virtually every new employee on contract.
During our recent visits to CBC workplaces, Guild members also said they are opposed to the contracting out of their work and are looking for the Corporation to acknowledge the effort and commitment they have put into public broadcasting.
We are back at the bargaining table this week and will be bringing these messages when the two sides meet in the presence of the federally-appointed conciliator. We hope that the Corporation listens and takes a more realistic and respectful approach to negotiations that focuses on making the CBC stronger and not on dismantling the public broadcaster’s permanent workforce.
If the Corporation proves unwilling to make any movement in the negotiations in the next few weeks, the Guild bargaining committee will ask members for a strike mandate.
Remember: a strong strike mandate is one of the best ways to show the CBC that Guild members take these issues seriously and demand a fair collective agreement.
When the bargaining committee decides a strike vote is necessary, we will inform all members and let you know how you can make your voice heard in this process.
We thank you for your ongoing support and engagement. As always, feel free to get in touch with your questions or comments (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 416-591-5333 or 1-800-465-4149.
Your bargaining committee:
Arnold Amber, Toronto
Pierre Claveau, Vancouver
Brendan Elliott, Charlottetown
Percy Hatfield, Windsor
Joe Hill, Toronto
Wendy Hunt, Toronto
Gerry Jones, Regina
Barbara Saxberg, Toronto
Lee Siemon, Toronto
Chris Turner, Fredericton
Rick Warren, Vancouver
Dan Oldfield, Senior CMG staff representative