Entertainment, Features, Law and Politics, New York

SAG-AFTRA Unionize Public Radio Temp Workers

August 13, 2018

By Stephanie West

NEW YORK, N.Y. – SAG-AFTRA and New York Public Radio (NYPR) have  reached a Voluntary SAG AF Recognition Agreement which now covers all part-time, temporary and per diem media professions. The 120 full-time staff at NYPR had been represented by SAG-AFTRA since 2000.  AFTRA has been agressively unionizing professionals in the ‘gig economy’ throughout the entertainment industry.

“This agreement goes to the heart of SAG-AFTRA’s mission of advocating for media professionals working in today’s gig economy. This unit made the request to unionize only a few weeks ago. The fact that this agreement was successfully achieved in a timely manner speaks to the collaborative work of our union and NYPR as partners. We’re excited to extend the New York Public Radio family and welcome the new members to the union,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris.

“We value our partnership with SAG-AFTRA and are pleased that we were able to quickly reach this agreement with the union,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio. “Today’s agreement shows our commitment to our temporary and per diem workforce, and the importance of their contributions to the overall success of our organization.”

August 13, 2018

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