The Canadian Union of Public Employees- that’s CUPE to you- is fighting the firing of two employees at Ryerson University’s CKLN radio station.
According to CUPE, management at the student-supported campus and community radio station, at 88.1 FM in Toronto, fired two employees in the midst of contract negotiations last week. Management allegedly protested the inclusion of news director Kristen Schwartz and music director Tien Providence, two of the few paid employees at the station, at the bargaining table. They joined CKLN just over a year ago.
Their firings add to an already contentious situation at the station, whose workers began the push to unionize in the fall of 2007.
This summer, several volunteers were told not to return to the station, including 20-year-veteran DJ Denise Benson. Check out the facebook group here.
The union has set up a message system to management, to protest the recent firings.
Check out the station’s side here.