CBC/Radio-Canada and Canadian Media Guild sign historic deal

    OTTAWA, Feb. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG)
have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new five-year collective agreement
with CBC/Radio-Canada. A full 93 per cent of members approved the historic
deal reached four months ahead of the expiry of the existing agreement.
    "The new agreement is based on the principle that people are the
foundation of everything that CBC/Radio-Canada does," said Hubert T. Lacroix,
President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. "We're working together to strengthen
our ability to deliver as the national public broadcaster."
    The agreement is a huge milestone in a long-standing relationship that
hasn't always been positive. It's a remarkable success story that can be told
as a result of the energy, enthusiasm, and hard work displayed by both
parties, who both recognized that they needed to change their relationship
after an 8-week lockout in 2005. For a significant number of CMG members, it's
the first time in a decade that a contract has been reached without a strike
or a lockout.
    "This is a fresh start for employees and management at CBC/Radio-Canada,"
said Marc-Philippe Laurin, president of the Guild's CBC/Radio-Canada branch.
"It's the product of long and respectful discussions about how we do our work
and what is important for the organization. In my 28 years in the union at
CBC/Radio-Canada, this round of negotiations stands out and I am very proud of
our new partnership."
    Beginning a year ago, the two sides held seven full weeks of meetings and
hundreds of conversations to resolve long-standing issues related to temporary
and contractual employment and other employment security issues. This new
contract is a living agreement in which the two parties will discuss issues
and concerns openly and work to resolve any disagreements quickly.

    About CBC/Radio-Canada

    CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its
largest cultural institutions. With 29 services offered on Radio, Television,
the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record
and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services,
CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.
    Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse
regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in
English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its
international Radio service, Radio Canada International, and in eight
languages on its Web-based Radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and
aspiring immigrants to Canada.

    About the Canadian Media Guild

    The Canadian Media Guild is a national union that represents 5,500
frontline employees at CBC/Radio-Canada, outside Quebec and Moncton.

For further information:

For further information: Angus McKinnon, CBC/Radio-Canada (Ottawa),
(613) 288-6235, Cell: (613) 296-1057, angus.mckinnon@cbc.ca; Karen Wirsig,
Canadian Media Guild, (416) 591-5333, Cell: (416) 578-1651, karen@cmg.ca

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