The former employees of a Spanish-language radio station say they are hopeful they might return to work after being fired for what they say is retaliation for union activity.
The news came after the National Labor Relations Board, the government agency that investigates unfair labor practices, found enough evidence to support charges that seven employees of the Miami-based Spanish Broadcasting System Inc., known as SBS, were wrongfully terminated after joining a union.
“I am very excited, but we still have a long way to go,” said Felix Castillo, a former on-air talent known as DJ Mr. Boro at La Raza 97.9 (KLAX-FM) and Mega 96.3 (KXOL-FM), said in a phone interview. “I want to go back to work and join my colleagues.”
SBS Chairman Raúl Alarcón described the union’s allegations as “false” and “malicious.”
“The company will vigorously defend itself against these false claims to the fullest extent permitted by the law,” he said in a statement.
SBS General Counsel Richard D. Lara said in a statement: “SBS has provided witness testimony and thousands of documents to the NLRB directly contracting the outlandish SAG-AFTRA allegations concerning a handful of employees at our two L.A.-based radio stations, and we fully expect to prevail against these spurious claims.”
The dispute started last year after union representatives began negotiations with SBS employees, who said they decided to join the SAG-AFTRA union so they could have protection from what they described as unfair management practices, including being denied minimum wage, overtime, reimbursements and meal beaks during live promotional events.
In August 2016, they became the first Spanish-language radio station in Los Angeles to unionize.
But during negotiations, the employees say, SBS representatives refused to meet with the union, declined discussing wages and made changes to…