NPR and NABET-CWA Reach Tentative Agreement

Dear Members,

We are happy to report that things have come together and we have reached a Tentative Agreement.  The pressure from the rally on Friday, the 125 signatures on the petition to Jarl, and the mobilization of wearing red really worked to push the bad issues off the table and get us to a deal. 

We will be working up a full analysis and copies of the contract (redlined to show where the changes are) which we will get out to you in the next day or so.

For the moment here are the highlights:
  • 4 year contract (ending April 1, 2019)
  • Raises of 2 1/2% each year on January 1 of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Short Turnaround will go up from $9.75 to $15 per hour.
  • TD pay goes up per hour from $2 to $2.25 now and $2.50 on 4/1/17
  • Eliminated the 2 tier wage steps - there will be only a single step schedule for each group (A for BRT/BBRT and B for EEs and SSMT) and eliminated the first 4 steps - so it will be a 6 step scale instead of a 10 step scale.
  • Signing bonus of $750 per person which will be paid after ratification.  We are still working out the mechanics - but the Local will conduct a mail ballot, with the ballots due back by April 14th to be counted on April 15th.  
Almost all of the company proposals that we objected to were entirely removed from the contract.  The Benefits Task Force was saved for benefits decisions, the NO LAYOFF Provision was extended and will protect all regular employees on the payroll as of 4/1/15, and the Performance Improvement Plan will only be a step in progressive discipline not a separate process to discharge.  The buyout sideletter will remain in the contract so that if NPR wants to offer up to 3 buyouts per year the structure of how to do it will already be in the contract.

The bargaining committee is recommending ratification. The letter to members, as well as the signing bonus letter, is posted here.



For Immediate Release: March 24, 2015           

Contact:  Kendra Marr Chaikind, kchaikind@cwa-union.org925-330-8348


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The next Executive Board meeting is to be held in Lanham, Maryland, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM.  
All Local 31 members are welcome.

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The 2015 Martin E. Gerel Memorial Union Scholarship from Ashcraft & Gerel is now open for applications!
The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.

Click here to download the application and read more. (.pdf)

NBC Contract - Submit Your Proposals

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.

We are asking that any proposal suggestion be submitted by October 15, 2014.

You can submit your proposals with this online form, or by using this printable paper form.

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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