KPBS Staff, Management At Odds Over Unionization Bid
October 21, 2013 at 5:18 AM (PT)
Employees at SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY noncommercial News-Talk KPBS-F and PBS affiliate KPBS-TV/SAN DIEGO are petitioning management to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their representatives, drawing opposition to the unionization move from the station.
Alternative weekly SAN DIEGO CITY BEAT reports that management responded to the request by saying that "a Union is not in the best interest of our employees or the future of KPBS. We sincerely want what’s best for our staff because you have helped build this organization from a college TV and Radio station to a trusted, successful and vital news organization that is respected locally and nationally.... After careful deliberation, we believe KPBS employees need more information before making the very serious decision to unionize."
Management has hired labor negotiator GREGG NEWSTRAND to talk to workers leading the unionization effort.
The union said that an "overwhelming majority" of staffers had signed the petition to unionize.