BNA, Radio Free Asia Staff To Get Raises

What do BNA and Radio Free Asia have in common? Just that they’re both DC-based media organizations that are giving raises to their staff. Both companies’ Guild locals voted recently on new contracts that include pay increases, a rarity in this day and age.

The BNA agreement covers 700 employees and offers a 1.6 percent raise in year one, a 3 percent raise in year two and 4 percent in year three. It also increases sick leave but compensates with increases in health care costs and makes employees hired after September 1 ineligible for the company pension.

The RFA contract covers 130 employees and provides annual salary increases equal to the federal government’s raises plus one percent, and a bonus of 1 percent of the guild’s payroll in 2011 and 2012 and .5 percent in 2013.

The Newspaper Guild called these contracts “solid gains.”