October 2014 ENG Safety Newsletter

Here is the October 2014 ENG Safety Newsletter!
Previous ENG Safety Newsletters can be found on our Member Info page.

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


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

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.

Justice At CNN After 11 Years

Hollywood Reporter: CNN Ordered to Rehire Over 100 Union Techs, Compensate Many More

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered CNN to rehire more than 100 union technicians in the network’s New York and Washington bureaus, compensate more than 200 others wrongly paid at lower wage rates, and recognize a unit of the Communications Workers of America as the bargaining representative of the affected employees. ... (more)


CNN Decision In NABET's Favor!

The NLRB released their decision this morning in the CNN case.
A decade-long fight has been decided in the Union's favor.
Click here to see the decision. (.pdf)

CNN NLRB Case Decision!

Dear NABET-CWA CNN Member,

WASHINGTON -- After 11 years, CNN employees finally have a measure of justice. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday found “overwhelming” evidence of anti-union animus at the cable news giant and ordered it to “make whole” more than 300 employees who lost their jobs and the benefits of union representation in the wake of the company’s phony reorganization scheme to get rid of unionized workers.


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.

August 2014 ENG Safety Newsletter

Here is the August 2014 ENG Safety Newsletter!

Previous ENG Safety Newsletters can be found on our Member Info page.

NABET-CWA Signs Major Sports Event Agreement with ABC-Contract Coverage Extends to ESPN

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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