AFTRA Announces Contract at Two Chicago Clear Channel Stations

Talent at two Clear Channel radio stations in Chicago have a new, first contract.
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Talent at two Clear Channel radio stations in Chicago have a new, first contract.

AFTRA said the deal covers some 30 air staff at urban station WGCI(FM) and gospel WGRB(AM). A union official said the agreement was the result of two years of bargaining. The new contract has been ratified by the on-air talent and approved by the AFTRA National and Chicago Local boards. The union said it includes "significant financial gains in pay rates and benefits as well as improved working conditions." The contract runs to the end of 2009.

Details include a five-day workweek with a 4.5-hour minimum call and turnaround pay for all work within 12 hours of a previous shift. Work on the Internet and other new media is covered by the agreement, which also limits voice tracking, the union stated.

The union said recognition of AFTRA had been challenged by Clear Channel but upheld by the National Labor Relations Board.

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