From this morning’s CMG bargaining update:

Management’s position is virtually the same as it held before it imposed the lockout.

It’s hard to know what comments like this mean for reaching a deal, especially with all the optimism on the picket lines, blogs, and mailing lists. I’m starting to question what Fontana thinks he’s really doing by locking negotiators in a room, especially if both sides plan on sticking to their guns.

Part of me just wants to ignore the rumor mill. I still believe that only a handful of people really know how and when this will end.