March 21, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA
San Francisco, California – All Staff at KCBS-AM based in San Francisco have voted to join SAG-AFTRA. The station is all news all the time and is very popular in California. The union had represented editors at the station and now represents writers and newsroom assistants as well as other titles.
"Because of their vote for SAG-AFTRA, the entire KCBS news team now stands united at a time when the company is contemplating drastic changes in how this station gathers and reports the news,” said shop steward Joe Rogers in a statement released.
CBS expects to sell its radio assets across the country in the coming year. The future of KCBS is precarious. With the radio business changing and expansion of podcasting and the internet, unionization of staff at radio, TV and Cable stations throughout the country is critical for those working in the industry.
*** SAG-AFTRA is the largest union of performers and presently has over 160,000 members.