IATSE members working for four Fox television stations in New York, New Jersey and Washington have ratified a new three-year treaty, concluding one of the longest-running treaty talks of all time.
Union officials say the preliminary agreement, reached in April, was followed by 11 years of renegotiation and 15 years without increasing the cost of living for their members.
The new contract, which covers behind-the-scenes news crews and TV broadcasting technicians, includes a 12% increase in salaries in the first year, a 2% increase in the second and third years, corresponding to 401 (k) installments and a daily premium. workers.
The union said the new agreement would “bring much-needed relief to workers struggling with rising inflation, while jeopardizing delivering breaking news on the New York and Washington subways”.
Ongoing talks included two IATSE locals – Local 794 in New York and Local 819 in DC – and four Fox TV stations: WNYW in New York; WTTG and WDCA in DC and WWOR in New Jersey.
“It was a very difficult time for our members,” said Al Richardson, business agent for IATSE Local 819. “We have endured the challenges of the weather, social and political unrest and the pandemic.” Eleven years of negotiations. Fifteen years without an increase in the cost of living. Our devotion cannot be called into question at this stage. It was very important for our members to receive financial relief. This contract, while by no means perfect, at least ensures that. “
IATSE Local 794 Business Agent Nick Crudis said: “Making a deal now was extremely important for our members and their families. That’s what they deserve for years of dedication and hard work. “
or Fox TV stations A spokesman told Deadline: “Fox Television Stations is pleased with the recently ratified agreement with IATSE. This deal could not have been successfully negotiated without the deep commitment and long hours of everyone involved. ”