Service & Solidarity Spotlight: IBEW Local 4 Reaches Agreement with St. Louis NBC Affiliate KSDK, Ends Boycott

IBEW Local 4 members protesting KSDK.

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Members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 4 ratified an agreement with St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK that ends a monthslong boycott by the union. The new contract includes raises, new jobs and a guarantee to hire union members to replace retirees. Local 4 led a boycott of the station until a fair contract was secured. “Going into this contract negotiation we had concern about the ongoing reduction of our bargaining unit we’ve experience[d] in the last few years that was contrary to what they had assured us when we gave them some allowances a few years ago,” said Local 4 business manager and financial secretary Mike Pendergast. “The real issue for us was putting a thumb in the dam to stop that work from going away.”