Wednesday, September 28, 2005

CBC Lockout Watch, Day 45

The blogosphere has been abuzz with rumours about what CBC called its "creative proposal" to bring a quick end to the lockout. Here are the highlights:

A 13% pay raise over 5 years, retroactive to 2004

Full pension and benefits for contract employees

Bumping positions from radio to TV and vice versa

$15 million in back payments for pay equity between comparable jobs

No more than 90 additional contract positions a year

CMG has not officially responded; some of their blogging members are claiming victory, while others remain sceptical.

CBC has just won four prestigious Prix Italia broadcasting awards. It still remains shut out of the coveted Silver Sow.

Today's crazy CBC fan letter of the day comes from 11 year old Jacqueline Donner in Winnipeg, who vents her frustrations at the "Priminster" thus:

Dear Priminister,

Just to let youi know I'm very very mad at you. Hurry up and let the CBC workers win. I don't have my bed time story any more cause 'between the covers' is gone gone gone. So hurry up and let them win already.

I'm sure thousands of people feel the same way.

Good day, from very mad Jacqueline, 11 yrs in Winnipeg.


P.S. I don't know your name but I'd prefer to call you Priminister.


Dear Jacqueline:

Most CBCers fail to display the same level of maturity and intellectual ability that you, a mere grade five or six student, so ably demonstrate.

We're all very mad at Priminister too, Jacqueline. Everybody on this blogroll is madder at Priminister than you could know.

If you need a bedtime story to put you to sleep, might I suggest having your mother read Noam Chomsky or Jacques Derrida? Or another turgid Margaret Atwood story? That way, you'll get the full benefit of CBC programming without having to listen to it. You won't be able to tell the difference.

Anyway, by the time the lockout ends, you'll be too old for bedtime stories and more interested in boys than the CBC. And that's how it should be.

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