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NEW PBS Contract Ratified

 Members  of NABET-CWA Local 31 voted to day to ratify the new contract at PBS effective July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016.

The agreement, which was overwhelmingly ratified, will go into effect on July1st, but the ratification bonus on $1,000 will be paid on June 14th.

Raises of 2.5%, 2.5%, and 2.5% per year will apply to the 44 members of the technical bargaining unit, which includes both Crystal City and Springfield, VA facilities.

Minimum rates under the contract: Technicians $65,000 and Supervisors $91,678 effective July 1st.  The Editor Level 1 will go to $70,000 and Level 2 will go to $77,000 on July 1, 2014.

Technicians below $75,000 in base salary will have their base wages adjusted by their performance bonuses beginning in 2014.  Performance bonuses will increase in 2014 to $1,000 for “exceeds expectations” and $1,500 for “extraordinary”.

The Union was represented by bargaining unit member Charles Coates and NABET-CWA Staff Representative Carrie Biggs-Adams.

Download and view the new contract here (.docx)Empire of the Air. Documentary that first aired on PBS in 1992.

 "PBS has talented, union-represented technical employees with diverse backgrounds and interests who are committed to a common goal and work hard to achieve it. NABET-CWA represented technicians work in a variety of disciplines including communications, engineering, and information technology. They will continue to be an integral part of the PBS family, now and in the future as PBS continues to serve the American public."


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