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September 12, 2006
Protesting 'Good Day Sacramento'

This ongoing garbage strike is trying the patience of many, not the least of which the striking sanitation workers.

Tuesday morning, Channel 31's "Good Day Sacramento" sent reporter Doug Brauner out in a station truck to pick up the garbage at four houses in Sacramento County affected by the strike. It was a funny piece - maggots and ants got in the truck, apparently - but it drew the ire of the striking workers.

They have vowed to picket the West Sacramento station, according to Bruno Cohen, president of channels 13 and 31.

"A number of sanitation workers have called us to complain," Cohen says. "This was not a pro-union or anti-union report. We just decided to go to four houses - four houses out of the thousands affected by the strike! - and pick up their trash. It's not like it cut into their business."

What is it about the CBS-owned stations that draw picketers? Religious groups recently protested Channel 13's airing of a 9/11 documentary that had profanity and, just last weekend, Cohen says a Methodist group picketed out front against CBS' plan to air "Survivor" with "tribes" determined by race.

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