Union Disclaims Interest in WICS in Springfield, Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 30, 2017 — Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced today that International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“IBEW”) Local Union Number 51 is no longer representing Sinclair employees that provide services to WICS (ABC 20). The union had represented 6 employees providing services to the station until its contract expired on Nov. 15, 2017.
“At Sinclair, employees are our most valuable asset. We are pleased that as an employer of choice in Springfield we will have the opportunity to deal with our employees directly rather than through a third party,” commented Rick Lipps, General Manager of WICS. “We remain strongly committed to providing employees with robust benefits, competitive compensation and many opportunities for growth.”
Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. Pro forma for the Tribune acquisition (before any related divestitures), the Company will own, operate and/or provide services to 233 television stations in 108 markets. The Company has multiple emerging networks as well as stations affiliated with all the major networks. Sinclair is a leading local news provider in the country and a producer of live sports content. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
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