CBC employees OK five-year contract

Wed Feb 4, 2009 2:37am EST
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Labor peace reigns at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. after about 5,500 unionized employees of the public broadcaster overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year contract.

The agreement with the Canadian Media Guild, hammered out over seven weeks in November and December, contrasts with the situation in 2005, when the public broadcaster locked out CMG producers, directors, technicians and on-air talent for eight weeks before it could agree on a contract.

The latest contract marks the first in a decade from the CBC that did not require a strike or lockout to force a resolution.

Marc-Philippe Laurin, president of the CMG's CBC branch, and CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix touted the latest deal, which includes a 1.5 percent wage increase each year.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter