Repped by SAG-AFTRA, the Pasadena-based public radio outlet has sealed its first union contract with management at Southern California Public Radio. KPCC’s three-year deal covers more than 70 reporters, newscasters, correspondents, producers, videographers/photographers, data journalists, show hosts, news anchors, and apprentice news clerks, who work on the air and online. The contract includes guaranteed wage increases per year — 1.5 percent in the first year, 2 percent in the second and 2 percent in the third — minimum scales for each job title and accompanying job descriptions, improvements in matters affecting the newsroom, company benefits, comp time and restrictions on intern use.
“I’d like to acknowledge the unrelenting commitment and the continuous presence of KPCC news staff throughout the negotiations process,” said Anna Calderón, SAG-AFTRA National Director of News & Broadcast for Southern California, who served as chief negotiator for the union. “They were the backbone of these negotiations, and it was a pleasure to work with them in getting a fair contract with SCPR.” The guild has been repping KPCC since January 2013, and the contract negotiations began three months later. The station airs as 89.3 FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KVLA in the Coachella Valley.