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,
Welcome to all Local 31 Members and visitors to our official website.
Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Bantu P. Opiotennione, the new NABET Local 31 President. It is my honor to serve you, our members, for the next two years.
May I send a big “Thank you!” to outgoing President Robert Williams and wish him “Good luck and good health in your retirement.”
Let me assure you that I am, as well as my administration and staff, committed to serving and supporting our members. Your Local is made up of many years of service/experience, from the office staff to the officers, the new Vice-President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the many Shop Steward’s, and the Assistances to the President.
If you are not familiar with the leadership of your Local, I assure you it does not get much better than our team. From the office staff with more than 60 years of experience, to our outstanding officers, Shop- Steward’s, Executive Board members, Assistants to the President with hundreds of years of combined service. I am honored to serve with our new Vice-President, who has served in many positions, as recently as one of the negotiators for the new ABC contract, our Treasurer who has served in almost every position in the Local, as well as serving two terms as Local President and serves as our Region Vice-President. Our Secretary has served in most positions, and has also served two terms as Local President.
Although we are working for you every day, year-round, feel free to contact us with any concerns or inquiries that you may have. Please remember how important you are, not just to your employer, but to your Union. You are the Union, and we work for you.
My goal is to build our Local with better service and to improve our Communication with all its members. We are always looking for members, with new and fresh ideas, to join us on our mission of bringing our Local together as one unit, one family, united in workers’ rights. Stating that, we have vacancies for the position of Shop Steward at many of the units. Please call the office at 301-459-4999, if you are interested in serving.
With that said, never forget, the key to our success is you, as a member, you are our eyes and ears on the job.
Know your contract and your Union rights.
Your union is here for you, feel free to contact us.
Thank you for your time.
Bantu P. Opiotennione
President, NABET Local 31