All I can say is I'm shocked, I was sure that this was going to be a long process and that it was going to be ugly, but there appears to be a tentative deal between the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that takes them through 2014 and avoids a 2009 lockout.
Reposted (in full) from insidethecbc:
The CBC and the Canadian Media Guild have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year deal after seven weeks of negotiations. The deal was signed this afternoon. It is subject to a ratification vote by guild members.
If ratified, the deal would come into effect on January 1st, 2009 and last until 2014.
The details are a bit thin at this point, but here are the highlights:
Wage increases of 1.5 per cent each year;
Improvements in maternity/paternity benefits;
Improved benefits for bereavement leave and layoffs.
There are obviously way more details on the deal, and I’ll post them as I get them.
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