Sunday, August 14, 2005

Hell No We Won't Go...

So it's over. The Canadian Media Guild has left the negotiation table with Mother Corp. after talks fell through. 5, 500 of us are offifically locked out of work. People kept trickling in to at work today during the day to "take their stuff home" - shoes, gym clothes, coffee mugs, contact books, old tape. The CBC took out a large ad in the paper explaining their position to the Canadian public about why they've issued the lock-out warning. The Guild, the union representing the journalists and techs who work at teh CBC, isn't expected to budge. They've been at it for 15 months... and the union didn't budge... and neither did management. Strap on your comfy shoes! We're going a-picketing!

The key issue is employment status. The Corp wants the "choice" on how to hire employees - basically abolish all permanent jobs and hire people on short-term contracts or casual status. They say this will help in the creativity and flexibility that is the media today. The Guild says this is a ploy to save money on pensions, vacation pay, benefits etc. Which is probably true. Is the CBC proposing that permanent status employees aren't - are they saying that by giving employees job security, health benefits, and a reason not to worry about how they're going to provide for their families will make them less creative in programming? Please. There are so many rumours going around - we're going to be out for a week, no it's 3 weeks - are you serious! it's going to be three months. The union representing Quebec and Moncton went on strike three years ago. The SCRC represents Jack Czernin who is host of Quebec City's afternoon show. She's filling in for us here in Ottawa for this month. She says what we're going through here in Ottawa is reminiscent of what happened in Montreal three years ago - the conditions were the same, the threats were the same. They went on strike for three whole months - and the union eventually won. All contract and casual employees received the right to pension which was a huge victory.

The CBC is a fantastic place to work; I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to walk into that building everyday and I get so much out of it. I love the people, the discuissions I have with them, I love being around talent everyday. But talent needs nourishment. And it's just not normal for people to go on living without a "job" for sixteen years, or ten years, or even 3. I know people who have laboured on-air, behind the scenes, in tech booths for that long and they have never known what its like to hold a real job, to wake up everyday knowing you'll be able to put food on your table next month or your kids through school next year. And this, because producers just don't have the money to afford them. Women especially will suffer. They are the most likely to need time off if they plan to havea children. A woman on contract or as a casual and who leaves to have a baby has effectibely shot her career opportunities and rights in the foot. She is not entitled to mat leave pay, and can;t guarantee work once she's ready to come back. Looking around in our shop at least, you can easily estimate that over 50% of the workforce are women. Women who take time off from their families, who sacrifice having families, to pour their souls into the Corp. and who unfortunately are not protected by the Corp.

It's time for a little respect and a little appreciation. I want to know that the time and effort, and the talent, I put into the CBC will have something in it for me at the end of the day. That my pride in working for the Corp. will be rewarded with something more than, "ye! we're excited to have you on board.... but not sure if we have the money for you."

All we can do is wait. See on Sparks, everyone.

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