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No strike-lockout imminent at Juno Awards venue in Regina

REGINA – Threatened job action on both sides of a labour dispute at Regina’s Evraz Place are on hold because a mediator is now involved.

The union representing workers at this year’s Juno Awards venue had issued a strike notice for as early as Friday and management responded with a lockout plan.

But the Saskatchewan government’s appointment of mediator Richard Hornung means neither can occur until after his report is on the labour minister’s desk.

Mark Allan, president of the Regina Exhibition Association, says Hornung is from Alberta and isn’t available to sit down with both sides until April 15.

Workers at Evraz Place have been without a contract for just over two years.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has said the Juno Awards show on April 21 will go on whatever the outcome.

“We’re back to business as usual while we focus on mediation and trying to secure a collective bargaining agreement,” Allan said Thursday. “We’re back to normal for the next number of weeks.” (CKRM)