Broadcast Labor Counsel, News & Broadcast

Based in New York, NY


Who We Are
SAG-AFTRA is the iconic American labor union that represents approximately 160,000 media professionals. SAG-AFTRA employees support our members and thrive on securing the strongest protections by negotiating the best wages, working conditions, health and pension benefits. We preserve and expand members’ work opportunities, vigorously enforce our contracts and protect our members against unauthorized use of their work.


What You’ll Do
Under the direction of the National Director, News & Broadcast (New York), the Broadcast Labor Counsel, News & Broadcast will represent the interests of SAG-AFTRA and its members by the enforcement of the News and Broadcast collective bargaining agreements and shall be responsible for all matters related to SAG-AFTRA’s broadcast jurisdiction including but not limited to serving as lead negotiator, managing grievances and arbitration and representing SAG-AFTRA in matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

(This section provides a general summary of the most significant job duties performed. It does not explain in detail every single duty performed.)

  • Serve as lead or support negotiations with employers in New York and as assigned to support other locals; may be asked to provide CBA administrative support to other locals engaged in bargaining or other disputes.
  • Work under the direction of the National Director, News & Broadcast on all broadcast matters arising out of New York CBA’s, including routine shop visits, member communication, weingarten meetings, grievance meetings, labor management meetings, etc.
  • Assist news and broadcast members with matters related to their employment, including but not limited to matters involving membership, health and retirement benefits or employer-sponsored benefits.
  • Collaborate with and assist the National Director, Organizing with matters involving news and broadcast organizing.
  • Provide consultation for personal service contracts.
  • Work in alignment with national strategy on issues such as minimum contractual standards and coordination of group owner approach to bargaining and dispute resolution.
  • Responsible for coordinating with National Director, News & Broadcast, with respect to all representational and associated legal work before the NLRB.
  • Prepare legal opinions and documents that interpret applicable laws, rulings (arbitration and other), the SAG-AFTRA constitution and contracts, and various regulations related to applicable laws, in relation to News & Broadcast matters and as assigned.
  • Conduct legal and factual research.
  • Collaborate in the handling of arbitration matters (both simple and complex), concerning News & Broadcast-related grievances.
  • Assist in the representation of SAG-AFTRA state and federal court as well as administrative proceedings, regarding litigation brought by or against SAG-AFTRA, with respect to News & Broadcast issues.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


What You’ll Need
(The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.)

We want to make sure you’re successful. To be considered, you must have:

  •  Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong contract interpretation skills
  • Able to successfully deal with challenging personalities.
  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Able to accurately type 35 WPM
  • Able to use PC applications
  • Detail oriented
  • Superlative interpersonal skills: high degree of patience and tact. Must be able to cultivate respectful, strategic and collaborative relationships with people from diverse backgrounds both internally and externa.
  • Have an understanding and awareness of worker rights impacting SAG-AFTRA members
  • Hold yourself and others accountable for a high level of performance and integrity.
  • Able to organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks under daily deadlines
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Capable of taking direction from more than one supervisor
  • Must be able to work in a challenging environment where constructive feedback from others is encouraged
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such level as is determined at SAG-AFTRA’s sole discretion
  • Must be available and willing to work extended hours per day or per week, including weekends and holidays, as SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary to meet its business needs
  • Must be available and willing to travel to such locations and with such frequency as SAG-AFTRA determines is necessary or desirable to meet its business needs.


  •  A Juris Doctor or LLB degree from an ABA accredited law school or equivalent
  • At least two years’ experience as a practicing attorney, preferably in labor law, contract law and other forms of collective bargaining enforcement, or equivalent.


  • Active membership in the State Bar of New York
  • Must have a current driver license, passport, automobile (in reliable working condition), and current automobile insurance that meets the state minimum requirements.

What You’ll Get
We are a great place to work because we offer:

  • Colleagues that are passionate about what we do and how they contribute to our mission
  • Balance between work and home life responsibilities
  • Affordable and comprehensive medical and dental plans
  • Generous pension plan
  • Employee discounts and perks

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