TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - The majority of employees at three Saint John
radio stations have signed cards to join the Canadian Media Guild
(CMG). The stations are K-100, 98.9 Big John FM and 93 CFBC, all owned
by Maritime Broadcasting System (MBS).
"My colleagues and I love radio and enjoy working together," says Gary
Stackhouse, the host of the "Big John" morning show and one of the
first employees to sign a union card. "We look forward to improving our
working lives and making the case for better local radio in Saint
The CMG has filed the union cards with the Canada Industrial Relations
Board and is seeking immediate certification of the union so that it
can begin bargaining a first collective agreement. Under federal labour
law, a group of employees can receive union certification without a
vote if more than 50% of the members of the proposed bargaining unit
have signed union cards.
"We are delighted to welcome our Saint John colleagues into the Guild
family," says Carmel Smyth, national president of the CMG. "It is
inspiring to see a group of workers come together and make the decision
to improve their lives by joining the union. Working in private radio
can be incredibly rewarding and also very challenging and we'll be
there to help this group enjoy the best of it."
The Canadian Media Guild represents 6,000 workers across Canada at
eleven media organizations, including CBC/Radio-Canada employees in
Saint-John and workers at CJRC, a Cogeco-owned radio station in
Gatineau, Quebec. Visit www.cmg.ca. The CMG's parent union, CWA/SCA Canada, co-ordinated the organizing
campaign at MBS in Saint John and represents workers at the Saint John
Telegraph-Journal. Visit www.cwa-scacanada.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Media Guild
For further information:
Dave Bosveld, CWA/SCA Canada: (cell) 416-948-0539, firstname.lastname@example.org