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Fired CNN Technician Holds On To “Unshakable Faith In Justice”

09/25/2014

After everything he’s lost – job, house, wife, health insurance, hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages, even sleep – Tyrone Riggs still holds onto his “unshakable faith in justice.” Riggs was one of the 100 DC-area broadcast technicians who lost their jobs 10 years ago at CNN, where the National Labor Relations Board earlier this month found overwhelming evidence (CNN Workers Win Justice After 11-Year Legal Battle) that the news channel engaged in anti-union activity in what Communications Workers of America called a "phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers."

Riggs, a cameraman fired just before Christmas in 2003, was out in front of CNN’s DC headquarters on Wednesday with other CWA members and supporters, passing out leaflets and talking to passersby about the ongoing struggle by the fired workers and their union to get CNN to comply with the NLRB’s order to rehire about 100 workers and compensate 200 others. Riggs, who now freelances part-time, said the NLRB ruling was “like a glass of water after being in the desert for twenty days” but NABET-CWA 31 President Rich McDermott said the 11-year legal battle is likely to stretch on, as CNN has appealed the Board ruling. “On the positive side, people now understand the importance of being part of the union, of having that contract, which gives you strength, fair employment and good pay.” The local plans to keep attention on the struggle by continuing the leafleting at CNN every Wednesday at 11:45a.

- report/photos by Chris Garlock/Union City
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The NABET-CWA NBC Network Negotiating Committee is inviting all members working at NBC to submit contract proposals for the upcoming negotiations.  Every proposal submission will be given full consideration. Proposal suggestion can be submitted as concepts or as exact contract language. A copy of the current NABET-CWA/NBC Contract can be found here.

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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.

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NABET-CWA has signed an agreement with ABC Television which will provide union contract coverage for a number of events airing on many ESPN platforms, starting later this summer. That agreement was announced on July 2, 2014 by NABET-CWA President Jim Joyce. NABET-CWA members already work on ESPN studio shows such as “Olbermann”, “Pardon the Interruption”, “Around the Horn”, and “Highly Questionable”, as well as on “ESPN on ABC” broadcasts, such as NASCAR races and NBA games.

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