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IATSE Members Ratify Contract With East Coast Fox TV Stations – Deadline

IATSE members employed at 4 Fox TV stations in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., have ratified a brand new three-year contract, bringing to an in depth one of many longest-running contract negotiations of all time.

Union officers say that the tentative settlement, which was reached in April, adopted 11 years of on-again off-again bargaining and 15 years with out their members receiving a cost-of-living improve.

The new contract, which covers behind-the-scenes information crews and broadcast tv technicians, consists of 12% wage will increase within the first year, 2% will increase within the second and third years, matching 401(okay) contributions and maintained premium pay for per-diem employees.
The union mentioned the brand new settlement will “bring much-needed relief to workers who have been grappling with rising inflation while putting themselves in harm’s way to deliver breaking news to the New York and Washington D.C. metros.”

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The protracted negotiations concerned two IATSE locals – Local 794 in New York and Local 819 in D.C. – and 4 Fox TV stations: WNYW in New York; WTTG and WDCA in D.C., and WWOR in New Jersey.

“This has been a very difficult stretch for our members,” mentioned Al Richardson, business agent for IATSE Local 819. “We have persevered through weather related challenges, social and political unrest, and a pandemic. Eleven years of negotiations. Fifteen years without a cost-of-living raise. Our dedication cannot be questioned at this point. It was very important for our members to receive some financial relief. This contract, while by no means perfect does at least provide that.”

Said IATSE Local 794 business agent Nick Kroudis: “Getting a deal done now was extremely important for our members and their families. It’s what they deserve for years of dedication and hard work.”

A Fox Television Stations spokesperson informed Deadline: “Fox Television Stations is pleased with the newly ratified IATSE contract. This deal could not have been successfully negotiated without the deep commitment and the long hours of everyone involved.”

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