August 6, 2021
To: All NABET/CWA Local 31 Members
From: Elections/Credentials Committee
Re: Election of Delegates to the 2021 CWA Conference
Nominations are now being accepted for the Local 31 delegates to the CWA Conference to be held October 13-19, 2021, in New Orleans, LA. The CWA will determine the number of delegates permitted to attend. If there are fewer than three delegates allowed, the candidates who received the highest vote count and descending will be delegates elected, all others will be alternates.
To be eligible to run as a delegate the member must have held a status of "good standing" in NABET-CWA for at least one (1) year prior to the time of nomination and must obtain a minimum of 25 signatures from members in good standing in Local 31. The original petitions must be returned to NABET Local 31, 4483-B Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706, no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
Ballots will be distributed on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and must be delivered to the Local 31 office by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.
The Nomination petition is included with this announcement and may be downloaded from the NABET-CWA Local 31 web site and photocopied. You may call the Local 31 Office at 301-459-4999 for additional copies.
Each candidate may submit one page of campaign information to be distributed with the ballots. This literature should be submitted to the Local 31 Office in "camera-ready" form no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
The Federal Government will subsidize the portion of your members' Flex Plan premiums they are responsible for (either self-payments or pre-tax withholdings) for coverage from April 2021 through September 2021.
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NABET-CWA/NBC NASCAR NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN #16
Dear NBCSN/NASCAR Member of NABET-CWA:
Your NABET-CWA NASCAR/NBCSN Bargaining Committee has tabulated
the votes for the ratification of the tentative agreement with NBCUniversal
for cable network NASCAR productions. The membership has voted to ratify
this contract offer by an overwhelming majority. The ratified agreement will
take immediate effect.
The Committee wishes to express their gratitude to our NASCAR members
working across the country for their continued mobilization support and
perseverance during this process.
Your NABET-CWA Bargaining Committee:
Louis M. Marinaro – NABET Sector Vice President &
NABET Local 11 President
Max H. Sicherman – General Counsel &
Grievance Chairman, NABET-CWA Local 11
Bantu Opiotennione – Vice President, NABET-CWA Local 31
John Duffy – Shop Steward
Dean Kamienski – Shop Steward
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