1. What reasons has the CIRB given for ruling in favour of CBC/Radio-Canada’s application for review of its union structure?
In reaching its conclusion, the CIRB took three key elements into account:
- The advent of new tools for media consumption and the emergence of new competitors, against a backdrop of budget constraints, are requiring the Corporation to conduct its activities in a new work environment—one that is conducive to integration of multiple platforms and timely access to programming.
- The technological advances of the past decade have had profound impacts on working methods.
- Jurisdictional barriers and the difficulties caused by cross-unit work: reliance on cross-unit projects was an effective short-term solution, but it also led to an increase in jurisdictional grievances. Cross-unit projects are therefore not a solution conducive to maintaining healthy labour relations. The CIRB believes that reducing or eliminating the jurisdictional barriers will allow for more effective integration of duties while lessening the administrative burdens caused by the current bargaining unit structure.
2. Because there are two bargaining units, does that mean the units will be made up of the AR on one hand, and the SCRC, STARF-CUPE 5757 and CUPE 675 on the other?
Yes. The AR will remain in its current form, while workers affiliated with the SCRC, STARF-CUPE 5757 and CUPE 675 will need to vote to choose their new bargaining unit.
3. When and how will the vote be held? How much time will employees have to vote?
The vote will be held from June 15th, 2015, until June 26th, 2015. Affected unionized employees will have to cast their vote electronically. Voting will be overseen by the CIRB, with Radio-Canada providing support to ensure that the process runs smoothly.