Media sector delegates from Communications Workers of America, CMG’s parent union, donated more than $3 000 to support striking radio staff at MBS Radio in Saint John.
The delegates are meeting at a TNG conference in Pittsburgh this week and were briefed about this group of private radio workers known as the “Saint John 7” who have been on strike for ten months looking for a first contract.
“We are so grateful for this incredibly generous donation, and particularly for the moral support from our peers which means such a great deal,” says Gary Stackhouse, president of CMG at MBS Saint John. “I hope they know they have made a huge contribution to ensuring we can see this fight through to a successful conclusion.”
The workers have not received any across-the-board wage increases in over a dozen years, and say wages for some positions have actually fallen dramatically. The latest company offer has wage scales from $10.58 to $12.98 per hour to start. CMG is asking for wages to start between $12.00 and $17.21 per hour in 2013.