CBC & The Canadian Media Guild

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One of Canada's most memorable lockouts began quietly on August 15 2002 with the CBC effectively shutting down much of its regular English language radio, television and web services after 15 months of unsuccessful bargaining with its major union, the Canadian Media Guild. The CMG had taken a vote just before that and won 87 per cent support for strike action if the union decided to walk. 5500 employee were locked outs after no substantial progress was made in last-minute bargaining between Canada's largest broadcaster and its union, the Canadian Media Guild.

About CBC

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country's national radio and television broadcaster. In french, it is called la Société Radio-Canada (Radio-Canada or SRC). The umbrella corporate brand is CBC/Radio-Canada. CBC is the oldest broadcasting service in the country, first established in its present form on November 2, 1936. Radio services include CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, La Première Chaîne, Espace musique and the international radio service Radio Cana3da International.

Television operations include CBC Television, Télévision de Radio-Canada, CBC Newsworld, le Réseau de l'information, Documentary Channel and CBC Country Canada. The CBC operates services for the Canadian Arctic under the names CBC North and Radio Nord Québec. The CBC also operates digital audio service Galaxie and two main websites, one in each official language, and owns 40% of satellite radio broadcaster Sirius Canada, which airs additional CBC services including CBC Radio 3 and Bandeapart .

As a Crown corporation, CBC operates at arm's length (autonomously) from the government in its day-to-day business. The corporation is governed by the Broadcasting Act of 1991, and is directly responsible to Parliament through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

About the Union

"The Canadian Media Guild is a democratic trade union, duly recognized and...