WGA East members ratify contract with New York radio station WINS – Deadline

WGA East members employed at the New York News and Talk Radio Station 1010 WINS voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract. The vote was 29 to 1 in favor of accepting the deal, which includes minimum wage increases of 3% in the first year and 2.25% in the second and third years.

“This contract represents a very good deal for our members,” the union’s bargaining committee said in a statement. “We got pay increases for all service assistants, writers and editors, and even bigger pay increases for news production assistants, retroactive to July when our old contract expired. We also won additional paid time off for staff and freelancers. We obtained management’s commitment to discuss some other issues on which we disagreed. Overall the deal is fair and we look forward to working with management to resolve the issues we have not reached agreement on.

According to the guild, other highlights of the contract include:

  • News production assistants will receive increases of up to 5.3% based on seniority in their weekly pay rate.
  • Non-staff employees will receive one compensation day per year.
  • Staff employees will be granted additional floating leave.
  • The parties have agreed to meet to discuss the risk premium.
  • The company can provide reimbursements to commuters for overnight shifts, a sixth and seventh day of a work week, severe weather or a topical emergency.
  • No minimum call for enhanced shifts.
  • The parties will meet and discuss meal penalties if WCBS 880 and 1010 WINS newsrooms are combined.

In September, guild members from WCBS, WBBM and KNX unanimously ratified a new collective agreement with Audacitywhich is also the parent company of WINS.

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