STRIKE AVERTED: Management Threatens the Future of NPR by Not Providing Employees with a Fair Return on Their Work

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By Kenneth Quinnell

We Make NPR

STRIKE AVERTED: Management Threatens the Future of NPR by Not Providing Employees with a Fair Return on Their Work

SAG-AFTRA

Update: SAG-AFTRA and NPR have reached a tentative deal on a 3-year successor contract.

Even at a time of great political division, there is broad consensus that National Public Radio provides a tremendous service. The journalism produced by NPR includes investigations that expose corruption, podcasts that make audiences think, Tiny Desk Concerts that wow and amaze, and coverage of an incredibly broad range of important and interesting issues. Unfortunately, NPR is using contract negotiations with SAG-AFTRA to propose a second class of minimum pay and benefits for new employees. This would undermine the quality work that NPR journalists have provided us, as a country, for many decades.

The SAG-AFTRA members say it best themselves:

We stand unified and strong because we have a common cause: a fair workplace with equal pay for equal work, fair benefits for all, and a codified structure for resolving disputes. We thank our colleagues both inside and outside of our union who have supported our fight for fairness. They, too, make NPR what it is today, and what it can be in the future with a respected workforce.

Here are some Tweets from SAG-AFTRA members:

Stand in solidarity for #sagaftramembers. Tell @NPR that their employees deserve respect #WeMakeNPR pic.twitter.com/YAKqsAklID

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) July 14, 2017

NPR management is in the midst of contract negotiations with NPR journalists and morale is in the dumps. #wemakenpr https://t.co/l25lmUPfaS

— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) July 13, 2017

The @NPR hq is full of worker bees at all hours. Please support us if you love us. #WeMakeNPR #SAGAFTRA pic.twitter.com/EA4xEE4XMA

— Andrea Hsu (@andrea_c_hsu) July 13, 2017

Me & this mic traverse the country bringing you stories & voices you don’t hear anywhere else RT #WeMakeNPR 4 support pic.twitter.com/26PoRILYc9

— Kirk Siegler (@KirkSiegler) July 12, 2017

Nearly 20% of @NPR‘s employees work full-time with zero job security because as temps, #WeMakeNPR and you deserve quality journalism.

— Tori Whitley (@_toriwhitley) July 12, 2017

.@NPR wants less pay for new hires. #sagaftramembers want equal pay for equal work so we maintain a multi-generational staff #WeMakeNPR pic.twitter.com/myNHUXwnLW

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) July 14, 2017

Sign the Change.org petition in support of the NPR employees, and learn more about the negotiations and the future of NPR.

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 07/14/2017 – 13:10

Source: AFL-CIO

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