The Day Led Zeppelin Became Part of the Union

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The Day Led Zeppelin Became Part of the Union

On February 1, 1975 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), at CKLG AM Radio (known as “LG73”) in Vancouver went on strike for a first contract. The disc jockeys and news staff walked out, locked the doors and left a pro-union song playing on continuous loop all day. Management scrambled for hours to obtain an injunction, unlock the studio and turn off the music. They also arranged strikebreakers to keep the station on the air.

English rock band, Led Zeppelin, was scheduled to perform in Vancouver (at the PNE grounds) on March 19 and 20, 1975 and were advertising their concerts on CKLG. The Union threatened to picket the concert and CUPE Local 1004 — who still represent PNE workers — promised to honour the picket lines. Led Zeppelin pulled their ads from CKLG.

Read more and watch the video of song that played non-stop after the workers walked out.  The Strawbs, “Part of the Union”.


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