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SAG-AFTRA Unionizes WBEZ-FM in Chicago

Staffers vote 40-7 in favor of union

SAG-AFTRA has unionized staff members at Chicago Public Media, parent of public radio station WBEZ-FM.

The vote, conducted by the Natl. Labor Relations Board, was 40-7 in favor of joining SAG-AFTRA. The unit will cover 49 public media professionals who produce, report, host and present content for WBEZ, Vocalo, Sound Opinions and CPM’s digital services.

WBEZ is home to popular programs Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.

SAG-AFTRA unionized 55 staffers at KPBS television and radio in San Diego last month and about 65 staffers at KPCC in Pasadena in January. SAG-AFTRA also reps staffers at National Public Radio, KQED in San Francisco, WNYC in New York and KPLU in Tacoma, Wash.

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