In what the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is calling a “major victory for media workers across the country,” striking A-Channel television station workers in Edmonton have ratified a first collective agreement.
“This settlement sends a message to media companies right across Canada that CEP is not only capable of organizing within the industry but also will fight with everything we’ve got to ensure a fair first contract,” said the Union’s Western Region Vice President Dave Coles.
The strike at A-Channel began Sept. 17 last when members of CEP Local 1900 walked out in support of Union proposals for a fair wage system and job security provisions.
In a meeting on the week-end, the strikers voted to accept a first contract that provides for both.
“This is an important victory for media workers in Alberta and the rest of Canada. Our members at A-Channel were nothing short of courageous in holding fast in order to ensure basic union principles were enshrined in their collective agreement,” said Peter Murdoch, CEP Vice President, Media.
A-Channel Edmonton is owned by Craig Media Inc. which also operates A-Channel stations in Calgary and Winnipeg as well as Toronto 1, a new station which went on the air in September.