SAG-AFTRA Members At NPR Ratify New 2-Year Contract
July 20, 2015 at 4:09 AM (PT)
SAG-AFTRA members at NPR have ratified a new two-year contract including a 2.5% pay raise on JANUARY 1st, 2016 and another 2.5% pay raise on JANUARY 1, 2017. The deal retails overtime pay for all members of the unit, keeps the 403(b) retirement plan at 7% of pay and overtime, retains union-guaranteed benefits, and has NPR paying 70% of health insurance premiums.
SAG-AFTRA Pres. KEN HOWARD said, “I want to send my congratulations to the members and negotiators in bargaining this new contract. The overwhelming vote by the membership at NPR is another victory for the merged SAG-AFTRA. The members of the NPR bargaining team, the largest broadcast unit represented by SAG-AFTRA, showed tremendous creativity in their global solidarity social media campaign. It was truly inspiring to see their efforts pay off and I commend them.”
Chief Shop Steward and negotiator RICHARD HARRIS said, “Our union has built a strong collective bargaining agreement over many years, and it remains strong today. The support and solidarity from the SAG-AFTRA members gave us the strength that we needed to push this deal to a successful conclusion.”
SAG-AFTRA National Exec. Dir. DAVID WHITE said, “SAG-AFTRA members, with the support of our exceptional staff in WASHINGTON, D.C., were able to negotiate a solid successor agreement with NPR that includes preserving important benefits and pay increases. I congratulate our negotiating team as well as our amazing NPR members on their new contract. I am particularly grateful for this agreement since, like so many Americans, I love listening to our members on NPR!”