With no breakthrough in sight in our talks with Shaw management, the Guild has asked the federal government to appoint a conciliator to meet with the two sides and help us reach a settlement. We started negotiations at the end of February.
“For nearly two months, we had productive discussions at the table and came to agreement in principle on many issues,” says Mike Duong, president of the Guild’s Shaw Media branch. “However, our members are not satisfied with what the company offered on pay and pension contributions and are not impressed that the management team refuses to discuss job descriptions. We’re not looking for the earth, we’re looking for a fair deal and we certainly believe it is possible to find common ground with the company.”
Once a conciliator is appointed, that person will get the two sides together and facilitate negotiations. The conciliator has a mandate of up to 60 days to help us reach a deal. That mandate can be extended if both parties are agreeable to continuing discussions.
You can view the more detailed update on where we are in negotiations here.
We will keep you informed of the developments. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to any one of us.
Your bargaining committee:
Mike Duong, Shaw Media branch president
Karen Wirsig, CMG staff
Keith Maskell, CMG staff representative