Production assistants, writers and newsroom assistants will join the union with an existing bargaining unit of editors at the station. Other CBS bargaining units represented by the union include KPIX-TV and KLLC-FM.
Editor and shop steward Joe Rogers said, “Our writers, production assistants and newsroom assistants have shown a lot of courage and determination. Because of their vote for SAG-AFTRA, the entire KCBS news team now stands united at a time when the company is contemplating drastic changes in how this station gathers and reports the news.”
News of the unionization came three days after CBS announced plans to sell or spin off its radio assets in the coming year, acknowledging that the business has become slow-growth and a drain on resources that can be better directed to content production and digital endeavors.
Production assistant and producer Nick St. Charles said, “Volatility in the news business and skyrocketing living costs in the Bay Area make union representation essential. I’m glad to have SAG-AFTRA in my corner.”
SAG-AFTRA has about 160,000 members and is the world’s largest union of performers.