SAG-AFTRA Represents KPCC Staff in First-Ever Union Contract Negotiation

Southern California public radio station’s new three-year deal includes guaranteed annual wage increases and comprehensive benefits

The news staff at KPCC was represented by SAG-AFTRA for their first-ever union contract agreement with management at Southern California Public Radio. The contract is for three years and includes guaranteed annual wage increases, benefits improvements and un-capped severance pay based on years of service.

The package covers more than 70 staff members, including reporters, producers, anchors, photographers and other behind-the-scenes personnel at the Pasadena, California public radio station.

The station broadcasts syndicated programming from NPR and other national sources, while also airing several original news and information programs.

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“I’d like to acknowledge the unrelenting commitment and the continuous presence of KPCC news staff throughout the negotiations process,” said Anna Calderón, the national director of news and broadcast for SAG-AFTRA, in a statement. “They were the backbone of these negotiations and it was a pleasure to work with them in getting a fair contract with SCPR.”

Negotiations for the current contract began at KPCC in April 2013, after SAG-AFTRA was voted in as the union for the new bargaining unit in January.

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“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,” said chief broadcast officer Mary Cavallaro. “We have created a foundation for these public media professionals to have a say in the quality of their work.”

The newly-approved contract includes additional provisions, like standards for merit-based raises to keep them in line with non-bargaining unit staff members, a progressive discipline process including grievances and arbitration, restrictions on intern usage, and protection and enhanced scales for “on call” and temporary employees, including annual bonuses.