AFTRA Protests at WTAE in Ongoing Union Fight

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By Merrill Knox Comment

The fight between station management and on-air talent continues at WTAE, the ABC-affiliate in Pittsburgh.

At a rally at the station last week, a group of community leaders delivered 2,000 petition signatures and postcards from the public to WTAE management. The union also encouraged viewers to call Mike Hayes, the general manager of WTAE, and express support for the station talent during the hours of the rally.

Reporters and anchors at WTAE voted for union representation 18 months ago, but there has been little progress in negotiations with Hearst, the parent company of WTAE. Earlier this month, station talent launched a social media campaign called “Fairness 4 WTAE.”