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Latest news on negotiations/the lockout

First of all, you should know that the Canadian Media Guild and CBC management continue to maintain contact. The Guild is also encouraged that the federal Minister of Labour has indicated a willingness to help the parties and is considering the appointment of a special mediator.

We remain hopeful of a quick resumption of talks. But it’s not as simple as sitting down at a table. Unless we have reason to believe that we have any chance of success at reaching a deal on a new collective agreement, a return to talks would be an exercise in futility and could possibly make a bad situation even worse.

We have told management repeatedly that we are ready to address issues of operational flexibility where legitimate problems can be identified. If both sides are willing to tackle issues outside the confines of the proposals on the table, there is a chance for agreement.

We have asked for assurance that the Corporation is prepared to move away from its insistence that entire classifications of employees be hired on contract. So far, management has steadfastly refused to provide it. CBC management put 5,500 Guild members out on the street to get its way; only CBC management can alter its demands.

Thanks to all of you for your support on the picket lines and beyond.

For more information, please get in touch with the Guild (guild@interlog.com) at 416-591-5333 or 1-800-465-4149.

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