Service & Solidarity Spotlight: WGAE Members at iHeart Podcast Network Ratify First Union Contract

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Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) members at iHeart Podcast Network ratified their first collective bargaining agreement, covering the 100-member bargaining unit. The three-year contract was overwhelmingly ratified. Details of the contract include: a minimum starting salary of $63,000 for unit members in New York or Los Angeles and $58,000 for members in other locations; annual minimum salary increases of 3% in the first year of the contract, and 2% in the second and third year of the contract; time-and-a-half for work assigned on a holiday; severance of up to 16 weeks; improved bereavement paid time off; the right to bargain over any implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace; overtime protections and comp time for those who don’t receive overtime; greater transparency on show metrics and spending; and other gains.

The iHeart Podcast Network’s bargaining unit wrote: “We are incredibly proud to announce the ratification of our first contract. After two long years of bargaining we've landed on a contract that we feel greatly improves our working and every day lives. We are excited to begin life under a union contract and to continue to advocate for our entire unit.”