Members at Boston radio station WBUR ratified their first contract in June, more than a year after employees organized and voted to be represented by SAG-AFTRA. The vote at the NPR station was overwhelmingly in favor of the new contract.

After the successful vote, employees issued a statement.

“Today we ratified a hard-won first contract. We feel it goes a long way toward solving those problems while promoting diversity and fairness. But it’s a bittersweet day. In the midst of our voting period we were blindsided by a layoff announcement,” they wrote. “Through the pain, we are proud to be a union station 16 months after our vote. We remain open to working with management to protect our colleagues as well as our station’s future — and to serve the public for many years to come.”

SAG-AFTRA represents public media professionals at NPR, KNKX, KPCC, KPBS, KQED, KUOW, Minnesota Public Radio, WBEZ, WBUR, WNYC and other stations.

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