Monday, August 29, 2005


Enough is enough

OK... I'm weighing in with my two-bits. Enough is enough.

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like the union is just biding its time, waiting for the tide of power to change? I have felt since the beginning that CBC locked us out as soon as possible so that they could seemingly "get this show on the road". (No pun intended) Otherwise the Guild would probably (read : most likely) have waited until closer to hockey to flex its muscles.

But I kinda think that the Guild is still holding on to this strategy. "Let's just hold out a few weeks until we get closer to hockey, then we'll start talking. CBC will be more desperate by that point."

Hmmm... could work. Except your members will also be more desperate by that time too. Already I am hearing of colleagues being wooed by other networks and other organizations. How will this play out in the long run?

People are getting more and more disillusioned with both sides. We are not the union members of 10 or 15 years ago that just hold the line because that is what we are told to do. And besides the fact that most of us love our jobs and are there because we believe in public broadcasting, it's hard to maintain that pride and dedication when our own management doesn't seem to see these traits as worthwhile.

CBC keeps insisting they want to start talking again. Guild has defended their absence at the table by saying that CBC is only prepared to talk about THEIR proposal and nothing else, so why bother? CBC has called their bluff by putting out a statement which basically says "Uh, no... let's just talk... about anything. Not limited to just our proposal. Lots left to talk about (40 items to be exact)... let's get this show on the road."

What will the Guild say now to appease the masses (5,500 to be exact) on why they are not returning to the table?How do these people sleep at night? Knowing we are all out there. I know I wouldn't be able to do it. I would feel like it was my moral obligation to be trying to put an end to this, ASAP.

Read some blogs. See what it is like in the trenches. We want in. Not at any cost but we want to get back to work. Your job is to negotiate to get us the best deal. How about you do that? Week 3 is starting and our patience is wearing thin.
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