Saint John radio strike, lockout sees tentative agreement
7 employees of Maritime Broadcasting System Limited will be back on the job June 16, union says
Seven Saint John radio workers, who have been on strike and locked out for nearly two years, will be back on the job next month.
The Canadian Media Guild, which represents the so-called Saint John 7, has reached a tentative agreement with Halifax-based Maritime Broadcasting System (MBS) Limited.
The four-year deal, announced on Tuesday, includes a signing bonus and new wage scales for the employees of three local radio stations, the CMG said in a release.
No specific details were disclosed.
The deal also includes language on job security and scheduling, as well as provisions for dealing with dispute resolution.
"The parties hope this marks the beginnings of an 'orderly and harmonious relationship' between the parties," the union said.
Under the terms of the agreement, the employees of CFBC, K-100 and the Kool 98, formerly known as Big John FM, will be heading back to work on June 16.
They had walked off the job in June 2012, seeking higher wages and paid overtime.
After being on the picket line for 22 months, they were locked out by MBS earlier this month.
The matter was expected to go to the labour board.
This agreement was reached with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The workers had been seeking $12 to $17 per hour. Company officials had called the demands unreasonable, saying it represented a 23.2 per cent increase over three years.
The CMG also represents CBC News, The Canadian Press and APTN employees.