WHDH has finally reached a new contract with their union. AFTRA, which represents about thirty on-air personalities for the station, ratified a new three-year contract with the station last Wednesday.
According to TVSpy, the three-year deal eliminates fees paid to talent for each on-air appearance. This ends the long-serving practice of staffers keeping meticulous notes on their appearances. In exchange, staffers will receive a two percent increase in their base pay.
Tom Higgins, president of the Boston chapter of AFTRA, remarked that it was a “very difficult and protracted negotiation, particularly over the issue of fees.”
The issue of age discrimination was not settled with this new contract, however. The hot-button issue will continue to be a thorn in Sunbeam’s side, after multiple lawsuits from former staffers in both Boston and Miami