WGA East Members Joined Audacy Unanimously Endorse New Contract


A new four-year contract between the WGA East and Audacy, formerly TBEN Radio, has been unanimously endorsed by the 57 members who work under it. The guild’s new agreement with the nation’s second-largest radio company, WGA East members who work at radio stations KNX Los Angeles, WCBS New York City, and WBBM Chicago.

The agreement calls for annual pay increases, starting with a 3% increase for most workers retroactive to April 6. It also includes improved vacation benefits, increased compensation for acting editors at WBBM, improved diversity and inclusion, language and digital training.

“Audacy needs the talent and hard work of our members to create audio content,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “This agreement underlines that the foundation of our power as a union is our members – their commitment and solidarity.”

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“We are proud of the agreement we have been able to present to our fellow guild members at Audacy for ratification, and we are pleased to see that they have agreed,” the union’s negotiating committee said in a statement. “This was certainly not an easy negotiation. We faced a difficult challenge to ensure that Audacy would contribute enough for our retirement, and this was critical for our members. Member solidarity has enabled us to secure the future of our retirement, among many other benefits that benefit us. We thank our fellow members for their support, because without everyone coming together, we would not have reached this agreement.”

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According to the guild, the highlights of the contract are:
• News writers, editors, promo writers and grandfather WCBS desk staff (in the WGA pension) receive an annual increase of 2% to 3% in each contract year.
• Producers associated with WBBM (not in WGA pension) receive a salary increase of up to $16.90 per hour for employees who have been with the company for more than five years.
• Effective April 1, 2023, the WBBM’s Acting Editors’ fee will increase to $3.50 per hour.
• Increase in vacation time to three weeks after three years and four weeks after 10 years.
• Diversity Committee Enhanced Language deals with training and funding for diversity initiatives.
• The company provides digital training, including web production and podcasting.
• The company agrees to meet to discuss editorial standards at WBBM.
• The Company may provide commuting allowances for work on night shifts, or inclement weather, or breaking news assignments.
• The company will meet to discuss risk compensation in the event of a health or safety emergency.
• Employees can take advantage of a floating vacation for Juneteenth.

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