The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have recently reached a new collective agreement, which will govern the working conditions of CMG members employed by the CBC. The agreement was ratified by the CMG membership on March 26, 2021, following months of negotiations with the CBC.
One of the key changes in the new agreement is a wage increase for CMG members. The agreement includes a 2% increase to base salary for each year of the agreement, which is set to expire in 2024. This increase will be retroactive to April 1, 2020, which means that members will receive a lump sum payment to cover the period from April 1, 2020, to the date of ratification.
In addition to the wage increase, the agreement includes a number of other provisions that are intended to improve working conditions for CMG members at the CBC. For example, the agreement includes new provisions for job security, including an increase in the number of temporary employees who will be eligible for permanent status. The agreement also includes provisions for better work-life balance, including an increase in the number of vacation days.
Another key provision of the agreement is a commitment by the CBC to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The agreement includes a number of initiatives that are intended to improve diversity and inclusion, including the creation of a joint CMG-CBC working group to develop a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy.
The new agreement is the result of months of negotiations between the CMG and the CBC. It represents an important step forward for CMG members at the CBC, who play a vital role in providing Canadians with high-quality content across a range of platforms. The agreement provides for fair wages and improved working conditions, while also supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of CMG members and the CBC management team, who worked together to reach this important agreement.