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Queen's University

School of Policy Studies


Beyond bare knuckle bargaining: why now more than ever unions and employers need to find solutions together

February 7, 2014,  12:00 pm 
Room 202, Robert Sutherland Hall, QUeen's University
138 Union Street 

oldfield.jpgDan Oldfield

Senior Staff Representative and Lead Negotiator for the Canadian Media Guild. 

Dan Oldfield is the Senior Staff Representative and lead negotiator for the Canadian Media Guild. The Guild represents about 6,000 media workers across Canada and is headquartered in Toronto.

The Guild negotiates collective agreements on behalf of producers, writers, reporters, camera operators, studio technicians and other technical workers as well as administrative employees. It currently has collective agreements with employers such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Press, Thompson-Reuters Canada, TVOntario, tfo, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network, Zoomer Media, Shaw Media and Agence France Press.

As lead negotiator for the Guild Mr. Oldfield oversees and conducts collective bargaining at all units and manages the activities of representatives in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver. He has held his current position since 1991. Prior to that he was a political affairs reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He began his career with CBC in 1973 and has worked in Toronto, the Yukon and Saskatchewan.

For the past five years he has been involved in the development of a comprehensive project aimed at changing the bargaining culture and union-management relationship at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After a long history of conflict which has led to several work stoppages CBC and the Canadian Media Guild have negotiated two long term collective agreements, dramatically reduced the number of grievances, saving literally millions of dollars in legal fees and lost productivity. Additionally the parties have developed a comprehensive joint program which has been delivered in more than 25 locations across the country.


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