Miss Chew - What did you do? Is media "Stuck on Stupid"?
I met the only black technical person working in the media, east of Montreal... he had an interesting story.
Tom always was a self-professed news junkie. He loved watching the news and one day decided that he was going to be the guy who shot the news - a camerman. Being a black man in systemically racist Nova Scotia, he was reaching high into the white circles of the systemically stupid media.
After high school, he worked for a guy who filmed wedding videos and made applications each summer to ATV - Atlantic Tunnel Vision.
He was a good man and took on a woman with a child and fathered that child as good as any father would. His woman became pregnant and he finally got the call from ATV - "We have a job for you."
He quit his job with the wedding video guy and showed up for work on the appointed day. Sorry, there was no job for Tom, they were just fooling. Seriously, they actually did this.
The very next year, it became apparent that there were no black people working in the technical side of the media and the CRTC needed that rectified for appearances sakes. ATV had the balls to call back Tom and once again, offer him a job.
Off he went again.
He became the reporter's choice of cameramen and learned editing also.
Some ten years down the road - Tom is out at the schools in the country, advertising for the media, speaking to children regarding the great job prospects. He reported to a boy that as a cameraman, one would attend CNN and TSN shoots, all over the place.
The little boy looked up and asked my 6'4" friend, "Where have you been?"
The answered registered, "Nowhere."
In how many years, as hard as he worked and as recognised as he was by regular staff - Tom went nowhere and chose to march off to human rights.
Human rights stated that Tom indeed did have a case and Tom just wanted to work and raise his family. The company made nice noises and Tom was promised a better future. He would later be told that he didn't get that in writing. Bastids.
Now Tom is a single parent of two children and he has questioned the company regarding apparent racism. What do they do? They take him off the videoing and put him in editing. Tom being a perfectionist, also learns to do this very, very well. The trouble is that he now cannot get a dayshift.
Raising children alone and working evening and weekend shifts was not a good situation to parent from, so Tom went back to human rights. Human rights also again felt he had a legitimate case and these idiots don't fess up to any human rights problems unless there is reems of evidence which cannot be denied.
ATV fired Tom. His union backed him 100% and spent a lot of money in his defense. The agreement was reached - the last chance agreement. LCA. The company also made Tom sign a paper stating that the company had never committed any violations towards his human rights. Doesn't that in itself prove something?
The LCA was to last for a period of 18 months. During half this time, Tom's salary was reduced by half, as per agreement. Also, during the second half of the LCA, his salary was raised to full level as Tom's work on form, as per agreement.
Working down to the wire and the last 90 days left... Miss Elizabeth Chew pulls out a diary she has been keeping on Tom for the past six months?
Why would she do such a thing? Her idea or the companies?
Tom was fired again and as per the LCA, Miss Chew's manually recorded entry into her poison diary recorded, "Tom was 2 minutes late from lunch" and other such pettiness which was enough to get him fired.
As per the agreement, Tom was not allowed to make one mistake. Fair or the devil in the fine print?
Tom is now a broken man. He is no longer the man he once was or hoped to be.
Fcuk you very much ATV - Atlatic Tunnel Vision. A division of Bell Media.
Remember Ma Bell the bitch who screwed over our local MT&T employees, here in Nova Scotia? They simply stopped paying benefits - the union had to step up the plate and they did. The union started paying for the workers benefits. They left the employees without a contract for YEARS. They told employees there would be out-sourcing of local jobs.
They brought on a strike - draining the union coffers, as planned, and marching along as usual, headed straight for the pension funds - no doubt.
Is the world Stuck on Stupid, or just the lamestream media??
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