Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by David Robb on February 21, 2020.
SAG-AFTRA will be taking its three-year-long labor dispute with the Spanish Broadcasting System to the streets next week. The union says its members will rally at noon Thursday outside the Los Angeles offices of SBS radio stations Mega and La Raza to pressure the company into negotiating its first contract with the union.
“This event is to escalate pressure because after three years and over 100 bargaining sessions, union employees still do not have a first contract,” the union said. “SAG-AFTRA members will be calling on Spanish Broadcasting System to stop violating the law and to bargain in good faith and reach an agreement for a fair first contract with SAG-AFTRA.”
In 2016, the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board certified the union as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the stations’ hosts, announcers, DJs and other employees who regularly perform on-air services. “Since then,” the union says, “SBS has continued to violate federal law by engaging in over 100 separate unfair labor practices, including a refusal to bargain in good faith.” …