Union OKs Concessions To NPR; More Layoffs Hit Network
April 23, 2009 at 5:03 PM (PT)
The NABET-CWA union has voted by a 72%-28% margin in favor of a "Memorandum of Agreement" with NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO that includes "Economic Crisis Concessions." The concessions include five unpaid furlough days for staffers between now and OCTOBER 1st, suspended payments to the 403(b) pension with reduced future payments, suspended flex credits, and a reduction of six paid holidays, effective MAY 1st.
ALL ACCESS hears that an additional 13 staffers were laid off TODAY at NPR, including 2 senior positions, 1 news management slot, and 10 in communications, IT, and legal. All of the cuts were made in non-union positions and will reportedly save the network $700,000 this fiscal year.