SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal With NPR, Strike Averted

Courtesy of SAG-AFTRA

A walkout would have idled 430 journalists.

SAG-AFTRA and National Public Radio reached a tentative agreement on a three-year successor contract, the union announced Saturday night, as a result of late-night talks near the end of a 24-hour contract extension that came on top of a two-week extension.

In a statement, the union said that the deal provides for salary increases and “effectively repelled efforts to erode union protections and institute a two-tiered salary system.” SAG-AFTRA represents about 430 writers, news producers and on-air journalists at NPR.

The previous deal, which was a two-year pact, originally expired June 30. Achieving a longer contract was among the union’s goals, sources earlier told The Hollywood Reporter. The agreement came a day after nearly 300 NPR staff met and voted to ask the SAG-AFTRA national board of directors to approve a strike-authorization referendum to be sent to the NPR workers if the negotiators deemed it necessary.

The agreement was reached at 12:08 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 16, in Washington, D.C.

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