News reporting service enters Los Angeles branch

Employees of AirWatch America, which provides news and traffic reports to radio and television stations in Southern California, have voted 13-8 to join the Los Angeles local of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

AFTRA said the vote at Tustin-based AirWatch represented its first organizing attempt in the Los Angeles market with a Clear Channel affiliate. The union, which represents nearly 1,000 AFTRA Los Angeles members working on-air in radio and TV, said it is eager to work out a contract with AirWatch management.

AirWatch is a subsidiary of Clear Channel.

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