About The Campaign

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.

Chicago
On September 28, 2018, the on-air talent at Chicago’s Spanish-language radio station La Ley 107.9 (WLEY-FM) voted overwhelmingly in favor of having SAG-AFTRA serve as their exclusive collective bargaining representative. The bargaining unit is made up of eight employees performing on-air services, including, hosts, announcers, mixers and DJs.

 

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).

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Radio+Television Business Report: NLRB Lobs Second Complaint Against SBS

July 26, 2019

New accusations claiming that Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) is refusing to bargain in good faith have led the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to issue a second complaint against the Miami-based company for “serious unfair labor practices” it has denied.

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Inside Radio: NLRB Issues Second Complaint, Sets Trial Over SBS Bargaining

July 26, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a second complaint against Spanish Broadcasting System for allegedly refusing to bargain in good faith and numerous labor violations, according to union SAG-AFTRA. The NLRB has set a trial date for Oct. 8, 2019.

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All Access: NLRB Hits Spanish Broadcasting System With New Complaint As Negotiations With SAG-AFTRA Stall

July 26, 2019

The NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD has issued a second complaint against SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM, alleging that SBS has engaged in "continued bad-faith, surface bargaining that has no intention of getting an agreement, as well as numerous other violations."

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Media Moves: SBS faces second NLRB complaint over labor violations

July 29, 2019

Three years after employees at Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) radio stations in Los Angeles LA voted to unionize, there is still no labor agreement.

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Radio Ink: SBS Again Draws Ire Of NLRB

July 29, 2019

SAG-AFTRA has announced that the National Labor Relations Board issued a second complaint against Spanish Broadcasting System for what it calls bad faith bargaining. The NLRB set a trial date for Oct. 8, 2019. We are expecting a response from SBS today.

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International Musician: Musicians Organize to Create Fair Streaming Agreements

May 27, 2019

Even as our national government is mired in anti-labor policies and politics, the entertainment industry has experienced pioneering organizing over the past few years. Actors, writers, even video game workers, are organizing, acting, and gaining improvements. For musicians, our need to participate in the new streaming economy is an existential imperative.

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InsideRadio: SAG-AFTRA Urges SBS To Extend Talent Contracts After Ratings Gains.

May 22, 2019

After Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) recently touted ratings gains for stations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami, SAG-AFTRA is urging management at the Spanish language broadcaster to extend fair contracts to its air talent in L.A. and Chicago.

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Radio+Television Business Report: SAG-AFTRA Wants New ‘Fair Contracts’ For SBS Radio Hosts

May 21, 2019

One of the nation’s biggest talent representation unions has called on Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) to extend “fair contracts” to its on-air talent in two key markets.

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Medium: Professionals Joining Together in Union: A 2018 Recap

December 20, 2018

It could be said that 2018 was a mixed bag for unions and the labor movement. The Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision was a direct attack on public sector unions and President Trump went after federal employees’ workplace rights with three executive orders, while union approval reached a 15-year high at 62 percent. A better way to recap 2018 for professional union members is to look at the employees who chose to join together in union.

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Billboard: Union Victory Will Send Terminated SBS Radio Employees Back to Work

January 2, 2018

SAG-AFTRA reaches nearly $500,000 settlement with Latin radio giant in the case of the wrongful termination of eight SBS employees.

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Forbes: Fired SBS Radio Employees Will Get Jobs And Back Pay In SAG-AFTRA Settlement

December 20, 2017

SAG-AFTRA has scored a big win for worker representation in a case that could set a precedent in the Los Angeles Spanish-language radio industry.

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Deadline: SAG-AFTRA Wins Back Jobs For Fired SBS Radio Hosts

December 19, 2017

In a major victory for the rights of workers to unionize, SAG-AFTRA today reached a nearly $500,000 settlement with the Spanish Broadcasting System in advance of a National Labor Relations Board ruling on the union’s claim that eight of the company’s employees at Los Angeles radio stations La Raza and MEGA were unlawfully terminated in retaliation for exercising their right to unionize.

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Media Moves: SBS’s La Ley staffers vote to join SAG-AFTRA

October 1, 2017

The on-air talent at Spanish Broadcasting System’s Chicago radio station La Ley 107.9 (WLEY-FM) voted overwhelmingly to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union.

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Radio Online: WLEY/Chicago Air Talent Vote to Join SAG-AFTRA

September 30, 2017

The air talent at Spanish-language WLEY-FM (La Ley 107.9)/Chicago have voted to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union. The election was conducted on Friday by the National Labor Relations Board. The new bargaining unit will be made up of eight employees performing on-air services, including, hosts, announcers, mixers, DJs and other on-air services for the station.

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Forbes: NLRB Issues Complaint Against SBS Seeking to Reinstate 8 Radio Employees Fired for Unionizing

October 11, 2017

Employees at two Spanish-language radio stations in Los Angeles were intimidated, threatened and fired for seeking union representation, and efforts to negotiate a contract after winning an election were blocked by Spanish Broadcasting Systems (SBS) for over a year, violating fair labor practices, according to multiple charges filed by SAG-AFTRA before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Press Release: NLRB Issues Official Complaint Against Spanish Broadcasting System

October 10, 2017

SAG-AFTRA today announces that Region 31 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Los Angeles has officially issued a complaint against Spanish Broadcasting Systems (SBS) after finding merit to a myriad of egregious unfair labor practice charges filed by the union against the media company. SBS owns two popular Los Angeles Spanish-language music stations, LA RAZA (KLAX 97.9 FM) and MEGA (KXOL 96.3 FM), whose talent providing on-air services voted by an overwhelming majority to unionize and join SAG-AFTRA in August 2016.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Fired Spanish-Language Radio Employees Get Win After Labor Board Ruling

September 15, 2017

The former employees of a Spanish-language radio station say they are hopeful they might return to work after being fired for what they say is retaliation for union activity.

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LA Weekly: Were Radio Hosts Fired From Two of L.A.’s Popular FM Stations for Union Activity?

September 15, 2017

Felix Castillo says it brought tears to his eyes when he learned of the decision: On Sept. 13 the National Labor Relations Board found sufficient evidence to support charges that he and several of his Spanish-language radio colleagues were fired in retaliation for their union activity. The NLRB, the U.S. government agency that investigates unfair labor practices, will likely hear the case.

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Billboard: National Labor Relations Board Finds Merit in SAG-AFTRA Complaints that Hispanic Radio Giant SBS Fired DJS For Union Activities

September 13, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board has found sufficient evidence to support charges that Hispanic radio giant SBS fired on-air talent at two Los Angeles Spanish-language radio stations in retaliation for union activities, Billboard has learned.

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Press Release: NLRB Authorizes Issuance of Formal Complaint Against SBS for Egregious Unfair Labor Practices

September 13, 2017

After a thorough investigation, Region 31 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Los Angeles will move forward with a formal complaint on unfair labor practice charges filed by SAG-AFTRA against Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), owner of two popular Los Angeles Spanish-language music stations, LA RAZA (KLAX/KXOL 97.9 FM) and MEGA (96.3 FM).

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Inside Radio: SBS Taken To Task At Forum Hosted By SAG-AFTRA

August 31, 2017

SAG-AFTRA took its grievances against Spanish Broadcasting System to the streets on Tuesday, hosting a community forum at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor that included local elected officials, members of the Los Angeles labor community, SAG-AFTRA executives and members, and DJs from SBS.

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Broadway World: SAG-AFTRA, Elected Officials & Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Spanish Broadcasting System

August 30, 2017

SAG-AFTRA was joined today by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu (6th district), Organizing Director of Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Antonio Bernabe and other community leaders at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor for an event that highlighted a myriad of labor law violations committed by Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS).

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La Opinion: Ex-employees of La Raza 97.9 FM and MEGA 96.3 FM accuse their employer of labor violations

August 29, 2017

Eight former employees of radio stations La Raza 97.9 FM and La MEGA 96.3 FM publicly accused their employer, the Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. (SBS), of firing them after unionizing.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Ex-employees accuse LA radio stations of bullying, firing them for joining union

August 29, 2017

Two men who worked for one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language radio networks said Tuesday they were forced to work double shifts and denied meal breaks by the broadcaster.

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Radio Ink: Employees Allege Labor Violations at SBS

August 29, 2017

At a SAG-AFTRA press conference Tuesday several current and former employees at La Raza 97.9 and MEGA 96.3 in L.A. spoke out about unfair treatment at the Spanish-language broadcast company.

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Inside Radio: Union Goes After SBS With Allegations Of Unlawful Firings

August 29, 2017

Spanish Broadcasting System is subject to labor charges filed by SAG-AFTRA over multiple allegations of unlawful firings and unfair wages.

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Media Confidential: L-A Radio: SAG-AFTRA Battles SBS Radio Stations

August 28, 2017

The union that represents actors and broadcasters is taking on one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language radio networks over allegations of unlawful firing and paying unfair wages.

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Los Angeles Daily News: High-powered voices join dispute at 2 LA radio stations over ‘cheap and sometimes free labor’

August 27, 2017

The union that represents actors and broadcasters is taking on one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language radio networks over allegations of unlawful firing and paying unfair wages.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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