KPCC News Staff Ratifies First Union Contract With Station
August 29, 2014 at 3:58 AM (PT)
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO News-Talk KPCC/PASADENA-LOS ANGELES' news staff has ratified its first union contract, according to SAG-AFTRA. The staffers voted early in 2013 to be represented by the union. The three-year contract, covering over 70 employees, provides for guaranteed wage increases each year totaling 5.6% (1.5%, 2%, and 2%, respectively), severance pay based on years of service with no cap, merit increases, comp time, minimum scales for each job title, and other items.
SAG-AFTRA's National Dir./News & Broadcast for SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ANNA CALDERÓN, who negotiated the contract, said, “I’d like to acknowledge the unrelenting commitment and the continuous presence of KPCC news staff throughout the negotiations process. They were the backbone of these negotiations and it was a pleasure to work with them in getting a fair contract with SCPR.”
The union's Chief Broadcast Officer MARY CAVALLARO added, “I want to commend the KPCC member negotiating committee and the SAG-AFTRA staff for their tireless work and dedication to creating a fair contract for all the station employees covered by this contract. We have created a foundation for these public media professionals to have a say in the quality of their work.”