Open Enrollment runs from 12/05/2016 to 12/31/2016 at 12:00pm PT.  The fastest way to enroll is on-line at

If you are on email delivery prior to enrolling, you will receive any necessary forms via email within seconds.  You can sign up for email delivery at

If you are covered by the Flex Plan:
The group numbers for the Plan 60 and Plan 80 are changing effective January 1, 2017.  Please go through the Open Enrollment Process and you will be sent a new ID card with the new group numbers.

If you are not covered by the Flex Plan:
All participants must go through the Open Enrollment Process whether you have verification form each year.  The verification form is generated by going through Open Enrollment.  In order to be eligible for claims reimbursement, your 2017 insurance verification form must be on file.

Self-Payment Billings:
If you receive Self-Payment Billings from the Flex Plan, please consider setting up pre-tax withholdings from payroll to cover the difference between your employer contributions and the cost of your premiums.  Pre-tax elections can be set up on-line after completing Open Enrollment or by speaking to a Member Services Representative after you enroll.  Not all employers allow pre-tax withholdings; to see if your employer offers pre-tax withholdings, call Member Services.  Pre-tax elections CANNOT be accepted after 12/31/2016.

If you have an individual or exchange policy, please take a look at this notice:

If you have any questions about Open Enrollment or your Flex Plan account, please call Member Services at 323/993-8888 or 888/353-9401, Option 1, between the hours of 7:30am - 5:00pm PT (Monday through Friday).

NABET Local 31 Holiday Open House!

Please join us Friday, December 16, 2016 any time between 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
at the Local office: 4483-B Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706
Food and beverages provided

PLEASE RSVP Marilyn- and Karen-  by December 9th by calling 301-459-4999 or emailing

Rest in Peace, Rudy Boyer

It is with deep sadness to inform you that our NABET Local 16 Retiree Rudy Boyer passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016. Rudy started working at ABC in 1978, first as a VR Cameraman and then was made permanent.  For over 25 years Rudy worked for ABC and retired in 2004.

After retirement Rudy moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. Down there he was very helpful to other senior citizens, even delivering meals on wheels.

Rudy is survived by his wife and two children and numerous grandchildren.  A memorial is being planned in North Carolina around Thanksgiving.  Another memorial will be held in New York in the beginning of 2017.  Details will be forthcoming.

Rest in Peace Rudy!

Deepest Sympathy to his family.


The Officers and Members of NABET-CWA Local 16 and Local 31

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


NABET Sector web site

Local 31 members;
Check out jobs on the NABET Sector web site. Use this link  and click on the job links and internship pages.


Your NABET-CWA Contract Negotiators have been meeting with ABC, Inc. in New York in continuing negotiations for a new contract.
Updated Union and Company proposals have been posted.


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