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A-Channel strikers target station's advertisers
10/29/2003


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  CEP 1900's newspaper ad about the strike.
EDMONTON - A-Channel workers, who have been on strike for about six weeks, will ask companies to suspend their advertising on the Craig Media-owned broadcaster since a judge ruled today that they can do so.

Edmonton's A-Channel had applied for a court injunction to stop the union from trying to discourage advertisers during the strike, according to a Canadian Press report. The judge said that A-Channel failed to prove that contacting advertisers would cause financial harm and denied the injunction.

The 105 employees have been on strike since September 17th over wages and job security. The union (Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union local 1900) has maintained that Craig refuses to put forward a wage grid for the workers, who are seeking a first contract as they were unionized a year ago.

The union wants to raise the average yearly salary of $28,000 by 12% over the next three years and wants a guarantee their work won't leave Edmonton.

Craig runs other A-Channels in Calgary and Winnipeg, the recently launched Toronto 1 as well as CKX in Brandon and specialty channels MTV Canada, MTV 2, TV Land and the soon-to-be-launched Stampede.

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