‘Chicago Tonight’ producers approve SAG–AFTRA representation

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Producers of Chicago Tonight at WTTW voted Friday to join the SAG–AFTRA union as a new bargaining unit.

Thirteen employees of the program were eligible to participate in the National Labor Relations Board election. Seven voted to join the Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, three voted against and three ballots were challenged. The union already represents 16 WTTW employees, including pledge talent, in a separate bargaining unit.

“Producers at Chicago Tonight look forward to exercising the same rights to collective bargaining currently enjoyed by other union members already working at WTTW, including the on-air talent, engineers and directors,” said the newly formed WTTW Producers Unit in a statement.

SAG–AFTRA had filed with the NLRB Dec. 1 for the election. A station spokesperson declined comment.

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