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SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deals With Chicago’s WBEZ, San Diego’s KPBS

Content creation professionals at Chicago Public Media have reached an agreement with management on their first union contract, covered by SAG-AFTRA.

The unit includes anchors, hosts, reporters, producers, editors and those who create digital content at public radio station WBEZ, Vocalo and Sound Opinions. The two-year contract includes scale rates for each covered position, annual increases, professional development in job classifications as well as progressive discipline and a grievance and arbitration procedure.

The bargaining unit voted to unionize in December 2013, and negotiations began in March 2014. The deal covers 46 employees.

Public media professionals represented by SAG-AFTRA at KPBS in San Diego have also approved their first contract negotiated by the union. That deal covers 59 employees.

“Public media is growing and our two successful contract votes today demonstrate the growing desire for public media professionals to have a voice in their workplace to build an even better environment for generating news, talk and digital content,” said SAG-AFTRA chief broadcast officer Mary Cavallaro.

SAG-AFTRA represents public media professionals at National Public Radio, KPCC in  Pasadena, Calif., KQED in San Francisco, WNYC in New York and KPLU in Seattle.

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