The National Labor Relations Board Region 31 office ordered Spanish Broadcasting System to comply in part with a unilateral settlement agreement in connection with a series of unfair labor practices. SBS had until Friday, Nov. 29 to comply, according to a press release from SAG-AFTRA. The NRLB earlier issued two significant complaints against SBS for allegedly refusing to bargain in good faith and for numerous labor violations.
“We’d like to thank the NLRB for seeing SBS’s bad-faith bargaining for what it is and for requiring them to do the right thing: Comply and bargain in good faith,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said. “We will continue to fight on behalf of our members for a fair first contract and will not rest until we have an agreement that is just.”
SAG-AFTRA has been advocating for the rights of unionized employees at three of the Spanish language broadcaster’s stations – “La Raza” KLAX-FM and “Mega 96.3” KXOL-FM Los Angeles, and “La Ley 107.9” WLEY-FM Chicago, as Inside Radio reported. WLEY-FM talent voted to form a union represented by SAG-AFTRA in September 2018. The L.A. stations joined in 2016. In June, the union took the ongoing battle with SBS front and center as the company held its annual stockholders meeting in Miami. The union placed a billboard directly outside SBS headquarters calling on company executives and investors to do right by their on-air talent.
According to SAG-AFTRA, SBS is not only required to post an NLRB notice delineating its violations of federal law at its L.A. station facility, it is also obligated to send it to all unionized employees in English and in Spanish. SBS will also have to read the notice, in English and Spanish, to unionized employees at KXOL-FM and KLAX-FM.
In addition, SAG-AFTRA says SBS remains liable to make payment of back wages due to eight employees who were affected when SBS unilaterally assigned bargaining unit work to non-union employees. The Hispanic broadcaster must also provide information it previously refused to furnish to SAG-AFTRA, the union says, and is compelled to bargain in good faith until a collective bargaining agreement is achieved or a good-faith impasse is reached.
“SBS hypocritically continues to tout its excellent ratings and revenue growth within the Hispanic media markets while it proposes double-digit wage decreases for its on-air talent,” SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White added. “Our members are key to the company’s growth and deserve respect and dignity in the work place.”