WFYI union receives voluntary recognition

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WFYI's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Content staff at WFYI in Indianapolis received voluntary recognition of their Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union following an arbitrated card check Monday. 

According to a post by the union on X, formerly known as Twitter, the card check certified all 38 authorizations.

The staff announced their intent to unionize earlier this month, citing a desire to help address “problems facing our organization,” they said on social media. 

“We’re ecstatic that WFYI’s leadership has decided to voluntarily recognize our unit,” the organizing committee said in a statement.

The unit produces content “on WFYI’s airwaves, website and social media,” the organizing committee said. “But we have one clear goal and mission: to lead the station into a future that serves both the culture of our station and the communities that we serve. Today’s news is recognition from leadership that we can only attain those goals by working together.”

The union and WFYI management will begin bargaining on their first contract. 

WFYI CEO Greg Petrowich did not respond to a request for comment.

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