AFTRA, XM's Oprah Channel Reach Deal
June 28, 2007 at 5:35 AM (PT)
XM SATELLITE RADIO's "OPRAH AND FRIENDS" channel is now a union shop with a collective bargaining agreement reached for the nine hosts and one announcer on the channel. AFTRA's CHICAGO Local Exec. Dir. EILEEN WILLENBORG says, "This ground-breaking agreement is the first contract that provides union salaries, benefits, and working conditions for talent on a program only carried by satellite radio. I commend the producers at 'OPRAH AND FRIENDS' for working together with AFTRA members to create a sensible and responsible agreement."
The deal covers compensation and benefits with provisions on union security, grievance and arbitration, dues check-off, non-discrimination, late penalties, and the right to participate in pre-tax savings plans. The contract is retroactive from JANUARY 1, 2007 and runs through AUGUST 31, 2009.