Maine Gubernatorial Candidates Support Workers, Boycott TV Station
April 26, 2010
As the June gubernatorial primary in Maine approaches, Portland’s WGME, the CBS affiliate, should be cashing in on lucrative political ads.
Instead, the station is losing a sizeable slug of business. All five Democratic gubernatorial candidates are refusing to buy ads from the Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s affiliate in support of workers at the station, members of Manchester Local 1837.
Sinclair has unilaterally declared an impasse in contract talks, cut wages, and implemented parts of their last contract offer that forced concessions on workers who include operating technicians, news editors, assignment editors, photographers, engineers, producers and directors. Says Cynthia Phinney, Local 1837 business manager:
Steve Rowe, a candidate for governor, told the blog, Dirigo Blue: