AFTRA spurs NLRB case

Guild accuses station of retaining pay, imposing new contract terms

After a complaint by AFTRA, the National Labor Relations Board has agreed to charge WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., with violations of federal labor law.

Board has set a Sept. 27 trial before an administrative law judge in Hartford.

The American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, which reps anchors and reporters at the station, has accused the station of interrogating employees, threatening the loss of future earnings, withholding raises and pay, illegally imposing new contract terms and conditions, informing employees they were not covered by the union contracts and discouraging employees from joining the union.

Elden Hale, general manager of WFSB, denied the allegations. “This is a nuisance action and a rehash of old complaints that are without merit,” he said.

WFSB is owned by Meredith Corp. The station and AFTRA have been unable to come to terms on a labor contract to replace the one that expired in October 2002.

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