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NPR employees had mentioned they have been able to strike if a brand new contract could not be hammered out.

The information got here within the early hours of Sunday morning after days of marathon talks.

NPR employs over 800 individuals, and the union says 433 of them are SAG-AFTRA members. Their final contract expired on June 30, and it was prolonged till midnight Friday and stretched once more till midnight Saturday. An settlement was reached at 12:08 a.m. ET Sunday, the union mentioned.

The tentative settlement, which might cowl the subsequent three years, nonetheless must go to NPR’s unionized staff for approval.

Final week, staff announced that they have been ready to strike if a deal wasn’t reached.

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SAG-AFTRA mentioned in an announcement Sunday that the brand new contract “supplies for wage will increase” and “successfully repelled” a proposed two-tier wage system that may have paid new hires lower than veteran staffers.

NPR praised the brand new deal in an announcement Sunday, calling the brand new phrases “forward-looking.”

Earlier, NPR had mentioned needed a deal that may “make this group economically sustainable for the long-term.”

NPR is a nonprofit with greater than 980 member stations throughout varied cities.

CNNMoney (New York) First revealed July 16, 2017: 12:54 PM ET