NPR avoids worker walkout: report

NPR avoids worker walkout: report
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National Public Radio has reportedly reached a tentative contract deal with the SAG-AFTRA union, CNN reported Sunday.

The move will allow the company to avoid a worker walkout.

More than 400 of NPR's employees are SAG-AFTRA members whose contract expired on June 30.

The contract had been extended multiple times — most recently until midnight Saturday — and a deal was reached shortly after midnight Sunday.

SAG-AFTRA told CNN the new contract "provides for salary increases" and "effectively repelled" a proposed two-tier salary system that would resulted in new hires earning less than longtime staffers.

NPR called the deal, which still needs to be approved by NPR's unionized employees, "forward-looking."

The agreement, which would cover the next three years, comes after a spokesperson for the union said workers were ready to strike.