Late on Friday, SAG-AFTRA sent out a press release demanding Spanish Broadcasting System “engage in good faith bargaining with its on-air employees who face unfair treatment by the company.” SAG-AFTRA says the problems are taking place at L.A. radio stations – La Raza (KLAX/KXOL – 97.9 FM) and La Mega (96.3 FM).
SAG-AFTRA claims employees at La Raza and La Mega chose to organize due to ongoing systemic and endemic abuses at both stations. “These include being paid less than the legally mandated minimum wage, denying meal breaks and access to bathrooms during live and remote events, denying overtime in violation of California law, exempting employees paid below wage threshold, denying cell phone reimbursements, and failing to provide payment for talent endorsement fees.”
“It is appalling that in this country and in this day and age SBS, one of the largest Spanish-language media and entertainment companies in America, would terminate employees who are fighting for fair wages, safe working conditions and human dignity,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “This employer has thus far ignored their obligation to bargain an agreement that will improve working conditions for its on-air employees, some of whom were paid less than minimum wage. We are not done. We will continue to fight on behalf of La Raza and La Mega’s on-air employees to win the reinstatement of the eight employees unlawfully terminated for their union activities, and to negotiate a fair contract that will improve their livelihoods and protect jobs. We thank the California Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor for their support. We are always stronger together.”
SBS had no comment on the situation.