Windy City win for AFTRA

First Spanish-language anchors and reporters

HOLLYWOOD — AFTRA has won the right to represent on-air staff at Telemundo’s WSNS-TV Chicago following an election supervised by the Natl. Labor Relations Board.

AFTRA has also been seeking to organize Spanish-language Telemundo staffers in Miami and at KVEA and KWHY in Los Angeles, and Univision staffers in San Francisco.

The 10 WSNS broadcasters are the first Spanish-language anchors and reporters to be organized by AFTRA in the Chicago market. Herta Suarez, the union’s national director of special projects, said, “The election in Chicago is just the first step of AFTRA’s ongoing efforts on behalf of Spanish-language broadcasters and performers in the U.S.”

Action came after a year-long campaign, in cooperation with Latino organizations, that followed NBC/General Electric Co.’s takeover of the Telemundo network and station group. NBC refused to recognize last fall’s vote by employees to be repped by AFTRA.

“We’re eager to share the news of our success in Chicago although that victory doesn’t directly impact the other markets,” Sanchez said.

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