San Francisco (March 18, 2016) – Employees at KCBS-AM in San Francisco on Thursday overwhelmingly voted in favor of joining the 160,000 media and entertainment professionals who are part of SAG-AFTRA.
Production assistants, writers, and newsroom assistants will join the union with an existing bargaining unit of editors at the top-rated, all-news station. By choosing SAG-AFTRA as their union, the new bargaining unit will be joining other CBS SAG-AFTRA represented bargaining units at KPIX-TV and KLLC-FM, as well as their on-air counterparts at KCBS-AM.
Editor and shop steward Joe Rogers said, “Our writers, production assistants, and newsroom assistants have shown a lot of courage and determination. Because of their vote for SAG-AFTRA, the entire KCBS news team now stands united at a time when the company is contemplating drastic changes in how this station gathers and reports the news.”
Production assistant and producer Nick St. Charles added, “Volatility in the news business and skyrocketing living costs in the Bay Area make union representation essential. I'm glad to have SAG-AFTRA in my corner.”
Voting occurred Thursday between 10-11 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. at the station. The nearly unanimous decision of the employees to join SAG-AFTRA was announced after 4 p.m. KCBS-AM staff join a large family of local San Francisco news and broadcast members working under SAG-AFTRA contracts.