The on-air talent at Spanish-language stations La Raza (KLAX/97.9) and La Mega (KXOL/96.3) in Los Angeles have voted in favor of SAG-AFTRA serving as their exclusive collective bargaining representative.
The election was conducted on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board.
“We welcome the media professionals at La Raza and La Mega and stand united to ensure they are able to negotiate a contract they deserve, with similar compensation terms and workplace protections thousands of our broadcast members already share across the country,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.
SAG-AFTRA announced the new bargaining unit will be made up of 28 employees performing on-air services, including hosts, announcers, mixers, and DJs. Both stations are owned by Spanish Broadcasting System.
SBS operates Spanish-language radio stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Houston, and Miami, and owns La Mega TV. Los Angeles is the No. 1 Spanish-language radio market.
“The employees of La Raza and La Mega are committed, motivated, and talented individuals who deserve better,” said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White. “Voting to join SAG-AFTRA is the first step to make sure they are properly compensated like the professionals that they are.”
SAG-AFTRA already represents Spanish-speaking broadcasters and journalists at Univision in Los Angeles (KMEX), New York (WXTV and Radio WADO), and San Francisco (KDTV), and at Telemundo in New York (WNJU/TV), Philadelphia (WUSI/TV), and Chicago (WSNS/TV).