NEW: Lynch Won’t Run Campaign Ads on WCVB
Friday, March 08, 2013
According to a release from the Lynch campaign, members of IBEW Local 1228, which represents more than 60 camera operators, editors and technicians at the Boston station, have been working under an extended contract for close to two years, with the last contract between the union and WCVB having ended in July 2011.
“This situation is disconcerting at a time when I am planning a major advertising buy,” Lynch wrote in a letter to Fine. “Despite my desire to air as much paid advertising as possible during this campaign cycle, I cannot in good conscience spend hundreds of thousands of dollars advertising on WCVB while IBEW members have gone nearly two years without a new contract. If a resolution to this matter is not on the horizon, then I may be forced to restrict my advertising to other stations.”
Lynch noted that a similar issue arose during his initial campaign for Congress in over a decade ago, when he was forced to skip a debate at Fox 25 due to his refusal to cross a picket line.
He offered Fine his assistance in helping to mediate a solution between the station and IBEW workers.
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