SJ7 Rally March 7

Message

from the Saint John 7, who unfailingly supported AUNBT members during our job action:

Brothers & Sisters,

We’re pleased to announce that CUPE Local 380 is organizing a rally for the Saint John 7 on Friday, March 7, 2014. We hope as many people as possible can attend to send a message to Maritime Broadcasting that we are not going away and remain united. We’ll start gathering at 11am at strike headquarters at 201 Union Street across from MBS. 

Here is the latest news on the strike:
We filed a bad faith bargaining charge against MBS in November. Both parties got to state their case and MBS decided they wanted to have a hearing with the Federal Labour Relations Board. This 2 day hearing will cost MBS almost as much money as the 4 year settlement we’re looking for! The dates for the hearing are set for early June, but a member of the board decided to get both parties together a couple of weeks ago in Halifax to see if they could sort out some of the issues. The board member spent almost 90% of her time with MBS and got a full dose of what they’re all about. They were able to convince MBS to come back to the table in mid-March to look at possible bargaining again. The meetings will happen in Halifax on March 18-19. Either MBS will come to this meeting looking to resolve the strike or once again show complete disregard for the fair bargaining process and waste everyone’s time. 

It’s also interesting to note that MBS is now telling prospective and or boycotting advertisers that it’s over and would they like to purchase ads on the radio stations, including a call that was recently made to IBEW! 

Yes…we are still on strike and we are still monitoring the 3 MBS radio stations, noting who is advertising and adding them on the boycott list.

Also, March 3 – April 27 marks another Radio BBM ratings period. It works the same as TV Nielson ratings. Radio stations use the results to ascertain their market share which could have quite an effect on sales if ratings are poor, especially National sales. One of the ploys MBS will use to gain ratings is to buy listeners through BBM contests where they give away thousands of dollars. Hard to believe that a company who says they cannot sustain our humble offer has thousands of dollars to give away to listeners! Therefore, we urge everyone to pass along the message to “NOT” listen to these radio stations during ratings and spread the word. 

This past weekend marked 20 completed months on strike. We’ve been able to sustain our fight thanks to in incredible support of the Saint John Labour Council, countless unions and employees.

Thank You!

The Saint John 7

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