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.
NABET-CWA LOCAL 31 is a union committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of workers in our industry. We believe in fair wages, safe working conditions, and job security for all members.
By joining NABET-CWA LOCAL31, you become part of a community that fights for your rights and provides support when you need it. We offer access to legal counsel, job training programs, and networking opportunities.
Over the years, NABET-CWA LOCAL31 has successfully negotiated better wages and benefits for its members, as well as improved working conditions and job security. We have also fought against discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
There are many ways to get involved with NABET-CWA LOCAL 31, from attending meetings and rallies to volunteering for our committees and campaigns. Contact us to learn more!
Stay up to date on NABET-CWA LOCAL 31's latest news and events by checking the website on a daily basis. You'll receive regular updates on our advocacy efforts, member stories, and more.
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In preparation for the upcoming negotiations between NABET-CWA and ABC, nomination petitions for Local 31 negotiator are available on the Local 31 website (www.nabet31.org). Only members in good standing can run for negotiator or sign the petitions of other candidates. Daily hire members must have worked 20 days since 9/1/23 in order to run, nominate or vote. The petitions must have at least 16 valid signatures, the original petition must be in the Local 31 office by 1:00 pm on December 11 to appear on the ballot.
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
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
My name is Carl Mayers. I am the NABET Local 31 Treasurer. I also serve as a Regional Vice-President for the Sector, as well as being a former President for this Local.
It is my honor and pleasure to be asked, as one of your NABET Local 31 Officers, to update you on what your Local has been working on over the past few months.
NABET Local 31 has secured a contract with ABC/Disney and is close to concluding the NBC Universal/Comcast agreement.
NABET Local 31, has successfully reached agreements with ABC, NPR, PBS, the House of Representatives, and Howard University.
Most recently Local 31 has reached an arrangement with NPR’s new organized group, the Digital Media employees, to represent them as the newest Unit to our Union.
Your Local has just begun negotiating with the Deep South Today, as their employees have chosen to unionize in hopes of improving their work environment and benefits.
We have also begun negotiating with the employees of WJLA/TV.
As we enter 2024 you are going to be asked to make some important decisions. We will be choosing/electing our leadership for the next three years. Your involvement in the Local and educating yourself as to what your role might or could be is crucial to the Local’s success. You might consider running for one of the Officer positions. Or seek one of the many other positions helping your Union sisters and brothers. Knowing your Union and your Local is vital to our mission and our success in representing all workers.
Region 3 Vice President, NABET Local 31
We believe that by coming together, workers have the power to create positive change in their workplaces and communities. Our union is dedicated to fighting for economic and social justice for all. Join us today and help build a brighter future for yourself and your family.