The SAG-AFTRA union has filed with the National Labor Relations Board to conduct an election for a second bargaining unit at WTTW in Chicago.
The Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists currently represents the newsroom’s on-air staff, announcers, pledge talent and other on-air talent for local shows. The proposed unit would comprise 11 full-time and regular part-time producers who work on Chicago Tonight, according to SAG-AFTRA.
“Producers want a voice in establishing published pay scales, working conditions and job descriptions,” Pamela Greenwalt, a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson, told Current.
Greenwalt said Chicago Tonight producers are seeking parity with other members of the show’s staff and crew; clarity on job roles, responsibilities, compensation and promotions; and a “formal seat at the table” discussing the future of the show and the station.
“None of this comes at the expense of creativity, flexibility or healthy communication and collaboration with management,” Greenwalt added.
A spokesperson for WTTW declined comment.
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