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More Good Union Organizing News: KCBS-AM Staff In San Francisco Vote To Join Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation Of Television And Radio Artists

Says Production Assistant And Producer Nick St. Charles: “Volatility In The News Business And ‘Skyrocketing’ Living Costs In The Bay Area Make Union Representation Essential. I'm Glad To Have SAG-AFTRA ‘In My Corner.’”

Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Employees at KCBS-AM in San Francisco overwhelmingly voted late last week in favor of joining the 160,000 Media and Entertainment Professionals who are part of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Union, SAG-AFTRA Officials have announced. 

Production Assistants, Writers and Newsroom Assistants will join the Union with an existing bargaining unit of Editors at the top-rated, all-news station.  By choosing SAG-AFTRA as their Union, the new bargaining unit will be joining other CBS SAG-AFTRA represented bargaining units at KPIX-TV and KLLC-FM, as well as their on-air counterparts at KCBS-AM. 

“Our Writers, Production Assistants and Newsroom Assistants have ‘shown a lot of courage and determination,’” Editor and Shop Steward Joe Rogers said.  “Because of their vote for SAG-AFTRA, the entire KCBS news team ‘now stands united’ at a time when the company is contemplating drastic changes in how this station gathers and reports the news.”

Production Assistant and Producer Nick St. Charles added: “Volatility in the news business and ‘skyrocketing’ living costs in the Bay Area make Union Representation ‘essential.’  I'm glad to have SAG-AFTRA ‘in my corner.’”

Voting occurred Thursday (March 18th) at the station.  The nearly unanimous decision now allows the Employees at KCBS-AM staff join a large family of local San Francisco News and Broadcast Members working under SAG-AFTRA contracts.

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