MEREDITH’S WFSB-TV CHANNEL
3 CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL INTERFERENCE, DISCRIMINATION AND REFUSAL
GOVERNMENT TO BRING STATION TO TRIAL FOR NUMEROUS
OF FEDERAL LABOR LAW AGAINST EMPLOYEES
Hartford, July 8, 2004 - The National Labor Relations Board,
Region 34 issued a Complaint and Notice of Hearing indicting WFSB-TV
with multiple violations of federal labor law. The Complaint asserts
that the Station has been:
Interfering with, restraining and coercing employees
in the exercise of
Discriminating in regard to hire or tenure or
terms and conditions
of employment of its employees; and
Failing and refusing to bargain in good faith
with the representative of
The Complaint lays out more than a dozen instances of illegal conduct
including interrogating employees, threatening an employee with loss
of future earnings, withholding raises and pay from employees, illegally
imposing new contract terms and conditions, informing employees that
they were not covered by the union contracts and discouraging employees
from joining the union.
WFSB-TV is owned by the Iowa based Meredith Corporation; better
known for its magazine publications than its dozen television stations.
The Labor Board Complaint stems from charges filed by the American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). AFTRA represents
all anchors and reporters at the station. Despite what had previously
been a long and cooperative spirit of labor relations with the Station,
the union and the owners of the Station have been unable to come
to agreement on terms for new labor contracts. The previous contracts
expired in October 2002.
The Government’s attorney is set to begin
its prosecution of WFSB-TV management at a trial on September 27,
2004 in Hartford.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
represents 80,000 broadcasters, actors and recording artists nationwide.
AFTRA has 1,300 members in New England. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.
Tom Higgins or Dona Sommers 617.262.8001