NLRB Seeks to Force Spanish Broadcasting System to Bargain in ‘Good Faith’

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  on October 10, 2017.

The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board is seeking an order requiring the Spanish Broadcast System to bargain in good faith with SAG-AFTRA and to “make whole” eight employees who allegedly were fired because they “joined and/or assisted the union” in its efforts to organize the on-air broadcasters and DJs at La Raza and Mega, its Spanish-language radio stations in Los Angeles.

The latest development in the union’s yearlong battle to get a contract with the stations is outlined in an NLRB ruling (read it here) that consolidates the union’s complaint, which includes retaliation against broadcasters who tried to organize their fellow workers.

“SBS continues to deny these allegations as being false, baseless and inflammatory,” the company’s General Counsel Richard Lara said in response today. “No further comment at this time since the matter is in litigation.” …

Deadline Hollywood 10/10


Supervisor Hilda Solis Urges Spanish Broadcast System to Bargain with SAG-AFTRA

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis has joined SAG-AFTRA’s efforts to persuade the Spanish Broadcasting System to negotiate a fair contract for the company’s on-air staff at radio stations La Raza and Mega in L.A. The union, which has been trying to get a contract with the company for the past year, says SBS refuses to bargain in good faith and has fired eight broadcasters because of their organizing activities.

Hilda Solis


“We respectfully urge Spanish Broadcasting System to reinstate each and every unlawfully terminated employee with full back pay and consequential damages,” Solis and the union said in a joint statement, “and to engage in good-faith negotiations and reach a fair contract with a living wage for talent providing on-air services for SBS.” …

Deadline Hollywood 10/11

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