July 20, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – and National Public Radio reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract just after midnight on July 15, a day and a half after almost 300 staffers asked the union’s national board to let them vote to authorize a strike.
The proposed deal “provides for salary increases and effectively repelled efforts to erode union protections and institute a two-tiered salary system,” SAG-AFTRA said in its announcement. It will cover about 430 NPR staffers, including writers, news producers, Web site staff, librarians, and on-air journalists. The union’s previous contract, a two-year deal, had expired June 30 and been temporarily extended, and a federal mediator had also been called in. Management had sought to set up a lower pay scale for workers hired in the future and let nonunion workers do the work of union members. Read more
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