Shelly Fielman has passed away (2-12-17)

Early this morning the television industry and our Union lost a news legend.

Shelly Fielman, NBC News cameraman with 50 years of experience bringing TRUE news to America passed away. He served America as a US Air Force bombardier communications operator before he was hired by NBC.  At the very start of his television career he covered the assassination of President Kennedy and the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald. His footage of the attempted assassination of President Reagan will be viewed by all present and future Americans. He keeps us visually educated with his camera work. He retired during President Obama’s administration.

Services will be held at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home on Thursday 2/16 at 11am 11800 New Hampshire  Ave., Silver spring MD  301-622-2290. Internment at Judean Memorial Gardens, corner of Georgia Ave and Batchellors Forest Rd, Olney MD 20832. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Montgomery Hospice or Humane Rescue Alliance of Washington.

NABET-CWA Local 31 salutes him and thanks him for his service to our Union and  to America.

R. McDermott
President NABET-CWA Local 31

Martin E. Gerel Memorial Union Scholarship 2017

The MARTIN E. GEREL MEMORIAL UNION SCHOLARSHIP offers an award of $5,000 to study, full-time at the school of the winner’s choice. Applicants should have plans for financial arrangements to cover subsequent years of schooling. Important: To apply, you must be enrolled in a college, university or trade school by Fall 2016 to be eligible for this award.

The deadline for submission is April 21, 2017.

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Virginians, Support HB 2419!

Ask your legislator to sign on and support HB 2419, a bill to help keep our call center jobs in the State!
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CNN/TVS Update

November 9, 2016

To: CNN/TVS Members
From: Richard McDermott

On behalf of Local 31, I want to provide you with this update on our continuing struggle with CNN, which is currently unfolding in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As you know, the briefing before the D.C.~ Circuit was completed back in June of this year. With the. briefing completed, the case is now with the Court.

The next step is for an oral argument before a panel of three Judges. The DC. Circuit has scheduled oral arguments through December. This means that the earliest that the oral argument in the CNN case could be heard is January 2017. As soon as our attorneys receive notice of when the oral argument is scheduled, we will provide that information to you.

After the oral argument, the case is submitted to the panel of three judges for a decision. It will probably take several months before the panel issues its decision.

Keep the faith. This has been a very long fight. We have made it this far, against enormous odds and CNN’s high priced lawyers. This case is the second longest unfair labor practice case in NLRB history, but there is a light at the end of the


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Updated Union and Company proposals have been posted.

Job Listings

New Job Listings are posted below:
  1. Sports Multimedia Journalist 
  2. Managing Web Editor 
  3. Photojournalist 
  4. Associate Producer
  5. News Production Assistant
  6. Acount Executive - News Channel 8
  7. Local Sales Manager - WJLA-TV

Job Posting

Job info from our brother Jim Nolan Local 16 NYC:

Achille Raspantini is looking for some workers. His company (tech-ops) is looking to hire 3 people for a broadcast project in DC. He is looking for smag / engineering types.

Anyone that is interested should call him at 212-465-1318 or email Be sure to mention Jim's name.


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