A tentative agreement has been reached between NPR and SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents NPR employees, on renewing a contract that was set to expire over the weekend.
The agreement, reached at 12:08 a.m. on Sunday, comes after a period of negotiations that NPR union members brought attention to with a website and campaign, WeMakeNPR, to highlight the value union members bring to the organization.
The deal avoids a potential strike that could have been called, pending SAG-AFTRA approval, had negotiations stalled.
from SAG-AFTRA, “The deal provides for salary increases and effectively repelled efforts to erode union protections and institute a two-tiered salary system.” The system referenced in the statement would have allowed NPR to pay new employees lower rates than current employees for similar roles, and was a major sticking point in negotiations.
The three-year contract, which covers about 430 NPR employees, is for a longer term than the contract, which covered a two-year period.
It now heads to employees for a vote.