Moncton, Friday, January 18, 2013 – Starting Monday, January 21st, striking Maritime Broadcasting System (MBS) employees from Saint John are expanding their boycott of MBS stations into the Moncton area.
Details of how the boycott will be conducted against the three MBS stations, K 94.5, 103.9 MAX FM and CHOIX 99 will be revealed at a news conference, Monday.
Date: Monday, January 21, 2013 Time: 10:30 a.m. Place: Shediac Room (C), Delta Hotel Beauséjour, 750 Main Street, Moncton, N.B.
In the spring of 2011, seven on-air and support staff at the three MBS Radio stations in Saint John, NB (K-100, 93 CFBC and 98.9 Big John FM) joined the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and began to seek their first collective agreement to address concerns over wages – no across-the-board wage increase in 12 years and most of the employees earn little more than minimum wage, particularly when unpaid overtime work is factored in – and treatment at their workplace.
Over a year later, gaining no progress at the bargaining table and during federal conciliation, they voted to strike, walking off the job on June 25, 2012. Since then, several rounds of talks facilitated by a federal mediator have produced no significant headway on the major issues.
Contacts: Gary Stackhouse – President, CMG at MBS Saint John: (506) 645-0750
Michel Boudreau – President of the New-Brunswick Federation of Labour
Gerry Whelan– CMG Staff Representative – (902) 471-6070