Union workers demonstrate outside WGME-TV

6:39 PM, Mar 17, 2010   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of the union that represents many of the workers at WGME-TV are protesting what they consider unfair labor practices at the station.

Members of IBEW Local 1837 held two demonstrations outside the station Wednesday. The union, which represents most of the behind the scenes employees at WGME, says WGME-TV and its parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting, have not been negotiating in good faith. They say the company has insisted on "complete flexibility" when it comes to assigning work to non-union employees.

And most workers had their pay cut up to 10 percent when WGME implemented its last contract offer without union approval.

Union members say they are continuing to make offers to the station, but that management has declared negotiations at an impasse. The union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They've also created a website, wgmeunfair.com, to raise awareness.

WGME management declined our request for comment.

NEWS CENTER

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