Thursday, March 7, 2019

Philly Radio: SAG-AFTRA Keeps Pressure On Entercom

SAG-AFTRA’s Philadelphia Local has called for federal mediation at news radio station KYW-AM as part of its negotiations with Entercom, the station’s new owner.

“We’ve bargained for years with CBS Radio and never had to take this step, but now we’re dealing with a new company who won’t compromise, so we’re reaching out for help,” said Sam Clover, president of SAG-AFTRA’s Philadelphia Local and an Entercom employee at CBS Traffic.

Said Philadelphia Local Executive Director Stephen Leshinski, “They are low-balling on wages and retirement, which is always part of bargaining but they’re challenging our jurisdiction and, most offensively, looking to slash severance benefits 50-90 percent.”

Added Clover, “KYW reporters, editors and anchors are some of the most dedicated news journalists in the country and deserve better from Entercom.”

The contract, which expired Oct. 1, 2018, covers approximately 50 staff people. Negotiating last took place in December and no new dates are scheduled. SAG-AFTRA’s Philadelphia Local represents 3,000 actors, performers and broadcasters in the Delaware Valley, including CBS3, NBC10 and WIP-FM.

Last week Entercom released the following statement:

“We are incredibly proud of the award-winning work of our on-air teams and value their contributions to the company and the communities we serve. We have been negotiating with SAG-AFTRA in good faith to reach fair agreements. These discussions include contracts that had been open for years prior to our merger with CBS Radio, as well as more recently expired agreements. We prefer to negotiate directly with SAG-AFTRA and our employees, not publicly, and do not intend to comment further.”

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