It Only Took Fifty Days
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It Only Took Fifty Days

cbc.gifA deal has been struck, or so they’re saying. Tod Maffin, whose incessant blogging was even starting to drive his wife mad, had it first, and will continue to go it unplugged until everyone is back at their cubicle, or waiting in line behind Peter Mansbridge at Ooh La La.
A few details of the deal –
— Contract workers may never total more than 9.5% of the total workforce.
— Wages will increase by 12.6 percent over the life of the contract to March 31, 2009. There will be full retroactivity for all employees on the payroll prior to the lockout, including contract and temporary employees. There will also be a $1000 signing bonus.
140 commenters discuss the merits of said agreement, and say things like:

I, for one, think staffers deserve a chance to retrain. I worked on TorontoUnlocked over the lockout and basically proved to myself I can do online material well. For an experienced, talented journalist who’s down with all the core values of the profession, adapting to new media should be basic learning curve stuff.
I adapted to radio from print and TV from radio, and I’ve got an excellent reputation in those media, so why can’t i do the same thing with new media? Do you have to be under 30 to understand it? I dont think so.

TOist would agree that the web work got better and better over the weeks of the lockout, and we can only hope that some of these newly acquired skills work their way into the regrouped CBC, and that people are actually willing to listen, watch and click anew. We got used to our alternate listening stations, but it will be nice to have Matt Galloway around again. And Wiretap!