CBS News deal ratified by WGA

CBS news employees repped by the WGA have ratified a new three-year deal with the network with 98% backing.

Ratification of the pact, which covers about 500 employees, officially ends a battle waged for three years. The previous contract expired in April 2005.

The guild and CBS reached a tentative deal two weeks ago – two months after the CBS News employees repped by the guild gave the WGA a strike authorization with 81% support. The prospect of a picket by the network employees prompted the Democratic National Committee to cancel a presidential debate that had been set for last month in Los Angeles for broadcast on CBS.

The WGA has said the two key issues requiring resolution: CBS had to drop its demand to create a two-tiered work force that would have provided lower salary increases for local radio employees and back off its demand for the right to assign current WGA responsibilities at KNX Radio to non-WGA employees.

Here’s the entire release –