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Friday, September 09, 2005

A Fredericton member on the Toronto picket line

Fredericton CMG member Jacques Poitras is in Toronto to attend a wedding and dropped by the picket line outside CBC's Toronto Broadcast Centre. He reports:

The Toronto picket line is certainly different in atmosphere and in numbers from the Fredericton line. The building sits on a full city block, and it takes a good 5-10 minutes to do one circuit of the building with the picket line. As well, every day at noon the Guild organizes something in Simcoe Park next to the building -- live music, food, speeches of support from other labour organizations, etc.

Many people I spoke to asked about how things are going in Fredericton, and were happy to hear about the overwhelming public support we've been getting. They were also very encouraging about our initiatives like the gardening phone-in and the Fredericton Unlocked show that we're going to launch on Sept. 16 on CHSR 97.9 FM.

Guild president Lise Lareau addressed a crowd of about 75 members today and said there has been more progress, albeit minor, at the negotiating table, and that both sides have agreed to keep talking on Saturday and Sunday, which she takes as a very good sign. Lise later told me that, in a normal situation, it should take no more than two more weeks for the negotiating teams to finish the work left to be done. But that's assuming CBC management behaves rationally, which it hasn't been doing so far. Still, her tone was optimistic.

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