CFL News
August 22, 2011

WCPT On-Air and Support Staff Say YES to AFTRA Representation

After a focused effort by WCPT-AM/FM broadcast personnel, station ownership and management have agreed to recognize the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists as the bargaining agent for its on-air and broadcast support staff.

By AFTRA/SAG Chicago

After a focused effort by WCPT-AM/FM broadcast personnel, station ownership and management have agreed to recognize the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists as the bargaining agent for its on-air and broadcast support staff.
 
"We are pleased that management has seen the wisdom in allowing their employees to bargain for a fair contract," stated Eric Chaudron, executive director of the Chicago AFTRA Local. "WCPT is a leader in progressive talk radio in the United States. They have taken a big step to 'put their money where their mouth is' with their employees. Our members look forward to a productive and successful relationship with WCPT in the years to come."
 
Unlike a traditional station-organizing campaign using election procedures provided by the National Labor Relations Act, station ownership and management at WCPT-AM/FM agreed to abide by a card check procedure - a first in the Chicago market. On Wednesday, August 17, a neutral third party collected cards from employees, affirming that a majority of the on-air and broadcast support staff' wanted to be represented by AFTRA.

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