From: Richard McDermott
[firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2009 1:54 PM To: Moe
Thomas; Sue Fitzgerald; Carl External; Al Zodun Subject: WRC/NBC
report Our members at WRC are experiencing
considerable turmoil. The management at the station( and all NBCU
O&O's) is plowing ahead with significant changes. These changes are being
implemented with little or no input from employees, nor much regard for
employees past contributions or future job prospects.
Producers....this scheme is on the verge of implementation in Washington. It has
already been started in other cities. NABET employees are facing elimination of
their jobs and the creation of non-union positions which incorparate NABET
job functions under new job titles. We have been and are presently
persuing legal actions to defend our members.
Service.......another scheme to reduce staff and cut union represented
employees. This is a pooling arrangement for news coverage by different (
and competative) media corporations. It is to be put into effect this month and
will negatively affect our news field crews. Our WRC members along with IBEW
& IA members at channels 5 & 9 will be affected.
Our news editors
at WRC will be wiped out by these plans. Our Daily Hire field crews will see
their shifts reduced and elimimated.
Negotiations.......NABETS' contract with NBCU expired on March 31st. Since
bargaining began in September of 2008,very little progress has been made. NBCU
has put forth many negative proposals which would change seniority, reduce work
opportunities and erode job security.
All our represented
shops are seeing similar attacks upon our members jobs, and the economic
security of our families. We must stand together and coordinate a defense of our
union sisters and brothers.