The San Diego public radio and television employees voted 11/18 to join 165,000 media and entertainment professionals in recognizing SAG-AFTRA as their union. The new bargaining unit will cover 55 public media pros who produce, report, host, and present content for television, radio, and the internet. This election allows them to move forward to negotiate a first contract.
The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, Region 21.
“We will be standing with you to ensure that your quest for a real voice at work, guaranteed by a binding union contract, is heard and respected” SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris, Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino and National Vice President, Broadcasters Catherine Brown said in a statement to KPBS staff.
KPBS is the second public media station in Southern California to organize with SAG-AFTRA this year. In January, staff of KPCC Pasadena voted to join SAG-AFTRA. SAG-AFTRA also represents public media professionals at NPR, KQED San Francisco, WNYC New York, and other stations.