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Radio union rep fighting for old job back

By Rick Pusiak The head of the union local representing workers at three Sudbury radio stations is still fighting to get his on-air job back. Dave Lindsay was one of the casualties of layoffs this past summer at Rogers Radio Inc.
By Rick Pusiak

The head of the union local representing workers at three Sudbury radio stations is still fighting to get his on-air job back.

Dave Lindsay was one of the casualties of layoffs this past summer at Rogers Radio Inc., the former Telemedia building on Lasalle Boulevard.

Up until July the president of Communication Energy and Paperworkers Local 725 had been employed for almost 24 years as an announcer on Easy Rock (CJMX 105 FM).

The union believes Lindsay was terminated because of his position as president of the union local.

An unfair practices complaint against Rogers was filed Sept. 6 with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).

The company response is expected any day. The union then has 10 days to give its response to the company position.

A labour relations officer has already been appointed by the CIRB to investigate and is expected to come to Sudbury to meet with the parties in a confidential session.

If the situation cannot be resolved a labour board hearing would follow.

Meanwhile, Lindsay has to wait for events to unfold.

Â?IÂ?m still president of the local so IÂ?m still doing some work in that respect. ItÂ?s a slow process but you have to realize that these things take time. You just stay upbeat and look forward to the day when you get to sit down and present your case.Â?

Despite being exiled from the radio control room that was like a second home for Lindsay, who is the son of veteran broadcaster Jack Richmond, he is still upbeat and looks forward to being able to officially present his case.

Â?I'm confident that thereÂ?s a resolution there,Â? said Lindsay.

There are only three union members left in the Rogers building. Over 50 non-union employees work at the radio station.

Local 725 also represents about eight on air staff left at Z-103 and French language FM station CHYC on Barrydowne.

While the CIRB process runs its course the union has also filed a grievance relating to alleged violations of the collective agreement including a claim Lindsay was replaced by management.

An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Sudbury

Northern Life contacted Rogers Radio Inc. for comment on the Lindsay case. A spokesperson for the vice-president of communications said there would be no comment as the matter is going to arbitration.

Last summer the general manager at 880 Lasalle, Jim Hamm, denied Lindsay was let go due to his position as president of the union local.

One announcer was dismissed from Q-92, Lindsay from Easy Rock and one from the combined news department.

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