April 14, 2017

The NABET-CWA ABC Locals have tabulated the votes for the Disney/ABC ratification balloting concerning the March 8, 2017 tentative agreement.  The Network Negotiating Committee is reporting that eligible NABET-CWA members employed by ABC/Disney have ratified the Master Agreement.

NABET-CWA Negotiating Committee Letter to Members (03-23-17)(.pdf)
NABET-CWA/ABC Tentative Agreement Summary (03-08-17)(.pdf)
NABET-CWA/ABC Overall Tentative Agreement (03-08-17)(.pdf)

Local 31 represents broadcast professionals at the ABC Television Network, as well as ABC staffing provded for certain ESPN Sports Events, divisions of the Walt Disney Company.

Current NABET-CWA-ABC Master Agreement 2011-2017

October 21, 2014
ABC-NABET Sports Event Agreement (.pdf)



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 staffed by ABC 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 college sports and NBA games.

Under this new agreement, ABC Television will continue to provide crews for "ESPN on ABC" broadcasts as well as for certain events airing on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU,ESPN Classic, ESPN News, The Longhorn Network and the SEC-ESPN Network. These crews will work for ABC under terms contained in the NABET-CWA/ABC Master Agreement as well as the Sports Agreement. ABC Television and ESPN are both subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company.

“This agreement will bring the economic stability and the important benefits of our contract to the many freelancers who work on ESPN broadcasts. Most of these workers will have healthcare benefits and retirement security benefits for the first time as the result of working at ESPN”, stated President Joyce. He added, “We expect this agreement to serve as a new cornerstone in our partnership with the Walt Disney Company.”

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Rick Reese
Newly re-elected Executive Board Representative Rick Reese