press release






AFTRA President Addresses Locked Out Workers
at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

AFTRA Members Encouraged to Support Canadian Media Guild Struggle

Los Angeles, CA, September 7, 2005 – The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is asking AFTRA members to support their brothers and sisters in the Canadian Media Guild (CMG), TNG-CWA Local 30213, who have been locked out of their jobs by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) since August 15. Fifty-five hundred employees were locked out by CBC management after contract talks broke down, following more than a year of effort by CMG to conclude a fair agreement with the CBC. The CBC continues to insist upon a contract that gives them the right to contract out work on any production.

Last Thursday, September 1, AFTRA National President John P. Connolly visited locked out CBC employees in St. Boniface, Canada. Speaking amid cheers from the picket line, President Connolly stated, “I am appalled to note the vile and stupid tactics management has employed to lock out the very people who make the CBC work. It's stupid because it puts the entire institution at risk in terms of its ability to recover after this is over.” Pledging the support of AFTRA he said, “There's no guarantee of victory, but there's a guarantee of defeat if you don't fight.”

AFTRA asks its members to not accept work at the CBC, appear on any CBC programs, or do any interviews with the CBC during the lockout.  The public broadcasting network is currently being staffed by management and is desperate for material to put on the air. Any AFTRA member who is contacted about employment at the CBC should call the AFTRA National Broadcast Department at (800) 638-6796. AFTRA members should check for updates regarding the lock out.

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – affiliated with the AFL-CIO – is a diverse national union representing over 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists in 32 Locals throughout the country. AFTRA members work as actors, broadcast journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, and disc jockeys in all aspects of the media industries including television and radio, sound recordings, commercials, non-broadcast/industrials, interactive games, and the Internet. For more information, visit AFTRA online at