Management at KPBS in San Diego is discouraging staffers from unionizing with SAG-AFTRA, the San Diego Beat reports. The alt-weekly newspaper reported that KPBS employees petitioned management last month to recognize representation by the union.
In a statement, the union said an "overwhelming majority" of KPBS workers who produce, host, report and present local and national programming have signed a petition asking management to recognize their representation by SAG-AFTRA, which was formed by the 2012 merger of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
In a response last week, the newspaper reported, management told employees in a memo that said it "strongly believes that a union is not in the best interest of our employees or the future of KPBS." It said the station has hired a labor negotiator and encouraged staffers to educate themselves about unions. "Just like a complicated news story," the memo said, "we believe everyone will benefit from thorough education on both sides of the issue so that in the event of a vote, staff will have all the facts to make their own informed decision."