Dear NABET-CWA Local 31 Member,
Nomination petitions and instructions for the Local Officer’s election are
now available for download from the Local 31 web site (www.nabet31.org). You may also obtain these forms from the NABET Local 31 Office (301/459-4999). Nomination petitions with the signatures of at least 25 members in good standing, and one (1) optional page (text only) of campaign literature that will be mailed with the ballots, are due in the Local 31 Office by 3pm on July 1, 2021. Ballots will be mailed after the General Membership Meeting in August. Only NABET-CWA Local 31 members in good standing as of July 2, 2021 will receive a ballot. /kropeiu153afl-cio
We are the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, a sector of the Communications Workers of America.
Our Union strives to provide its members with a sense of pride and dignity in the workplace, while maintaining quality work conditions and fair wages. Over the years, NABET-CWA has fought for and won benefits and wages for its represented members which include a union shop, 8-hour work days, vacations, holidays, sick leave, insurance, overtime pay, pension plans, seniority, grievance and arbitration, safety, and health. NABET-CWA is proud of its fine tradition of democracy. Our members are well served by officers and staff whose roots are in the broadcast industry.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This summer of 2021 is an exciting time for NABET-CWA Local 31. As the Covid-19 restrictions are lifting our units are returning to pre pandemic levels of activity. Studios are reopening, most sporting events are back, and the Tokyo Olympics appear to be a go. Many of our members are back to work.
The past fifteen months has seen restrictions put on every segment of society and the broadcast, and cable industry were no exception. Our members, particularly in news, did an outstanding job of keeping the public informed throughout these difficult days. We learned new ways to communicate on different platforms such as Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, etc. and some of the companies we work for have viewed those innovations as ways to diminish or eliminate our work. We cannot allow this and we must strive to maintain jurisdiction over new technologies as they are implemented.
As our units begin to return to work, we are talking with the various management teams to develop viable protocols for the return, with the health and safety of all workers being the primary concern. That being said, individuals with valid health or religious reasons cannot be forced to take a vaccine. Others who have young, unvaccinated children, or immune compromised family members, should not be ostracized for continued mask wearing and maintenance of social distancing.
As for our unit contracts, we are in active negotiations with House Recording Studio, House Creative Services, WHUT and MASLOW. Our other units have contracts reopening in 2022 and 2023.
On a new and exciting front, we have been given voluntary recognition to a new unit, NPR-DM (Digital Media) and are currently working to get this unit a new contract. These are the types of new media employees we must bring into NABET-CWA to keep the Union a growing entity. We are happy to announce that Local 31 and Local 11, in NYC, reached a landmark contract with NBC and NASCAR. Also, the remaining 10% of the CNN settlement will begin to be disbursed this summer.
We have all lived through an extremely trying and difficult time. Many of us and our families have suffered during this past year but as we move to reopen the economy, we will see more opportunities for work in our industry. We at NABET-CWA Local 31 are looking to expand and include more workers in the IT and Digital arenas.
I want to urge you to contact your US Senators and let them know they need to support the People’s Right to Organize (Pro Act) to help counteract years of Right to Work for less legislation and allow the Union movement to grow.
Finally, it has been my honor to serve as your Local President since October 1, 2018. We have weathered some very tough times together, but no matter what has transpired, we always put the wellbeing of our members first and foremost. We look forward to a much better year ahead.
President, NABET-CWA Local 31