SAG-AFTRA is fighting for the rights of unionized employees at the Spanish Broadcasting System’s (SBS) two popular L.A. radio stations – La Raza (KLAX/KXOL – 97.9 FM) and MEGA (96.3 FM). La Raza and MEGA are the first Spanish-language stations to organize in Los Angeles after their on-air talent voted overwhelmingly to join SAG-AFTRA on August 1, 2016. Since the vote, SBS has violated federal law by refusing to bargain in good faith with SAG-AFTRA, and by retaliating against its on-air talent for unionizing by terminating eight employees who were openly supportive of SAG-AFTRA’s organizing effort and/or were owed monies in connection with SBS’ wage violations.
SBS employees face unfair working conditions, some of which violate state and/or federal law. They chose to organize due to ongoing SBS abuses, such as:
- Paying less than the mandated minimum wage
- Denying overtime
- Denying meal and rest breaks
- Denying access to bathrooms during events
- Denying payment for talent endorsement fees
- Denying cell phone reimbursements
SAG-AFTRA, with the support of the California Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, demands that SBS engage in good faith bargaining with the union as the legally certified bargaining representative of its unionized employees. These employees continue to face unfair treatment, and we demand that SBS immediately offer reinstatement to the eight employees who were terminated in violation of federal law.
SAG-AFTRA represents Spanish-language broadcasters and journalists across the country, including Univision in Los Angeles (KMEX), New York (WXTV and Radio WADO) and San Francisco (KDTV), and Telemundo in New York (WNJU/TV), Philadelphia (WUSI/TV), and Chicago (WSNS/TV).
LA Weekly: A Bitter Dispute at Two of L.A.'s Most Popular FM Stations
May 1, 2017
Last year, La Raza (KLAX/KXOL 97.9 FM) and MEGA (96.3 FM) became the first Spanish-language stations in the country to unionize. Harboring a host of grievances against management, staff members who produce the on-air programming voted overwhelmingly to join the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
InsideRadio: SAG-AFTRA ACCUSES SBS OF LABOR LAW VIOLATIONS
March 27, 2017
Accusing it of numerous violations of labor laws, SAG-AFTRA has urged Spanish Broadcasting System to sit down at the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract for on-air employees at its two Los Angeles stations. Employees at regional Mexican “La Raza” KLAX-FM (97.9) and Spanish CHR “Mega 96.3 KXOL-FM voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the union last August but the two sides have since been unable to reach an agreement.
AllAccess: SAG-AFTRA Accuses Spanish Broadcasting System/Los Angeles Of Labor Violations
March 27, 2017
SAG-AFTRA has taken its contract dispute with SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM to the public, alleging that SBS has violated state and federal labor law by, among other accusations, paying less than minimum wage.
RadioInk: SAG-AFTRA GOES AFTER SBS IN L.A.
March 27, 2017
Late on Friday, SAG-AFTRA sent out a press release demanding Spanish Broadcasting System “engage in good faith bargaining with its on-air employees who face unfair treatment by the company.” SAG-AFTRA says the problems are taking place at L.A. radio stations – La Raza (KLAX/KXOL – 97.9 FM) and La Mega (96.3 FM).
Deadline: SAG-AFTRA Blasts Local Spanish-Language Radio Stations for Not Paying Minimum Wage
March 25, 2017
Accusing local Spanish-language radio stations La Raza and La Mega of multiple violations of state and federal labor law – including paying some on-air talent less than minimum wage – SAG-AFTRA today urged the stations to come to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract.