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A-Channel strike settled

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EDMONTON - Striking A-Channel workers in Edmonton are on their way back to work.

Craig Media-owned A-Channel and the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union local 1900 came to an agreement last week which was recently ratified by a membership vote.

CEP called the agreement, a "major victory for media workers across the country� 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 September 17, 2003 and was for a first-even contract for the station. Workers wanted 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," says today's press release.

"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, CKY in Brandon as well as Toronto 1, a new station which went on the air in September.

The union also took its fight into Toronto as well, staging two rallies outside the Toronto 1 headquarters on Ontario Street.
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