L.A. public radio station KCRW secures first pay deal amid media unionizing wave

L.A. public radio station KCRW secures first pay deal amid media unionizing wave

Employees at Santa Monica-based KCRW-FM (89.9), which airs news and music from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs, have completed their first collective bargaining agreement, the latest action in a growing move in public radio and podcasting to unionize.

The group We Are KCRW said in a tweet Thursday that it had reached a tentative agreement on a first contract, which will be subject to ratification, after almost a year of bargaining — and despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The group sought pay equity and a more diverse workforce to better represent its city. It did not disclose the terms of the agreement; it follows a vote in June 2019 to recognize SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 actors and performers, as the KCRW workers’ labor union.

“It’s the result of hard work, unity and collaboration,” the group said in its statement Thursday.

HUGE NEWS: After almost a year of bargaining, partly in a pandemic, we have reached a tentative agreement in our first contract (subject to ratification). It’s the result of hard work, unity and collaboration.

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