Saint John radio employees make move to unionize

The majority of employees at three Saint John radio stations have signed up to join the Canadian Media Guild. The trio of stations, K-100, 98.9 Big John FM and 93 CFBC, are owned by the Maritime Broadcasting System.

“My colleagues and I love radio and enjoy working together,” said Gary Stackhouse, host of the “Big John” morning show, in the CMG press release. “We look forward to improving our working lives and making the case for better local radio in Saint John.”

The process is still in its first stages. The guild has filed the signed union cards with the Canada Industrial Relations Board and is awaiting certification of the union. After that, it can start bargaining the stations’ very-first collective agreement.

In case you’re not familiar with the organization: The Canadian Media Guild represents 6,000 workers across Canada, including CBC/Radio-Canada employees in Saint John. Its parent union, CWA/SCA Canada, represents workers at the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.