AFTRA Hails Ratification Of ABC, CBS News Pacts
March 20, 2008 at 5:17 AM (PT)
AFTRA members have formally ratified the union's Network Staff Newspersons' Agreements with ABC NEWS and CBS NEWS within the last month. The deals become effective MAY 16th.
"These agreements are a big step forward for broadcast journalists as they improve wages and benefits," said AFTRA President ROBERTA REARDON. "Given the state of the broadcast industry and emerging new media platforms in particular, the new agreements with ABC and CBS protect AFTRA members as they work in the digital landscape, and secure current contract protections."
"We engaged in early discussions with ABC and CBS and our prudent efforts paid off. AFTRA members were successful in improving wages and benefits and protecting their work in new media with no diminution of any current contract protections,” said AFTRA National Director News/Broadcast DEBRA OSOFSKY.